Finalists announced for the 2018 Western Australian of the Year awards

The finalists for the 2018 Western Australian of the Year Awards have been announced, celebrating exceptional West Australians who have made an extraordinary impact in the community and demonstrated excellence in their field.

Finalists announced for the 2018 Western Australian of the Year awards


The Western Australian of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to our state by those born and bred in Western Australia, or those who have chosen to make Western Australia their home.

The Awards celebrate excellence in business leadership, social entrepreneurship and innovation; making a positive difference to the vibrancy of our state through arts and culture; inspirational role models in the Aboriginal community; positive social, scientific and economic impact; achievement in sport; and improving the lives of Western Australians and the community as a whole.

Congratulations to all the Arts & Culture finalists including:

Janet Holmes à Court AC - Janet is recognised as a key patron of the arts throughout Australia and serves on the board of a number of key organisations, including being the Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and the Chair of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (a position that she has held since 1983). Janet was also the Chair of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Black Swan Theatre Company, of which she is the founding patron.

Andrew Ross - Andrew’s service to the State’s arts has spanned more than four decades, since he was first appointed as the Youth Director of the National Theatre in 1976. Over the following years, Andrew established the Playhouse Theatre in Education Company, which later became Acting Out and Barking Gecko, which toured throughout Western Australia, from the Great Southern to the Kimberley. During these trips, Andrew developed a fascination for Western Australia, its landscapes, stories, art and history. Andrew is Black Swan State Theatre Company's founding Artistic Director.

The full list of Arts & Culture Award Finalists:

John Barrington

Janet Holmes à Court AC

Andrew Ross

Phillip Walley-Stack

Bourby Webster

The 2018 West Australians of the Year are announced on June 1 as part of the WA Day long weekend.

For a full list of the finalists across all categories visit