Australian of the Year Luncheon featuring Taryn Brumfitt, Australian of the Year 2023

June 16, 2023

Published: June 21, 2023

We were honoured to present another incredible Australian of the Year Luncheon to a diverse audience of over 500 people at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

This unforgettable experience featured South Australia’s very own Taryn Brumfitt, founder of the Body Image Movement and the esteemed 2023 Australian of the Year . Accompanied by Amar Singh, the Founder of Turbans 4 Australia and Local Hero 2023, their presence added immense value to the event. This luncheon also included a compelling panel discussion with renowned individuals who shared their unique journeys.  This panel comprised of Paul Vasileff, Young Australian of the Year 2017, Sandra Miller, SA State Recipient Senior Australian of the Year 2023 and Christine Robertson OAM, SA State Recipient Local Hero 2023 and MC Jess Adamson. 

The event commenced with a heartfelt welcome to country by Kaurna Elder Uncle Mickey O’Brien, fostering a sense of respect and acknowledgement of the traditional custodians of the land.

An integral part of the event was the opportunity for secondary school students and educators to interact with the speakers. Their engagement with these distinguished individuals helped inspire and guide them on their own journeys. The event’s focus on student engagement provided a unique educational experience for the young attendees, exposing them to diverse perspectives and inspiring them to make a positive impact.

The audience was also treated to exceptional performances by the Marryatville High School jazz ensemble, Folkwave Adelaide, Lloyd Williams St Peter’s College, and the Dance Pad.  These remarkable performances showcased the rich talent and diverse cultural elements of South Australia.

We extend our gratitude to the invaluable support partners who contributed to the success of this Luncheon including Kytons Bakery, Pernod Ricard Winemakers, Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, Maras Group and St. Peter’s College. We also acknowledge the invaluable support from our funding partners the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council and support from the Government of South Australia and strategic partner City of Adelaide.