Each year our nation celebrates the achievements and contributions of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia.
The Awards honour an exceptional group of highly-respected Australians who ignite discussion and change on issues of national importance.
The Australian of the Year Awards provides everyone with the opportunity to recognise any Australian who makes them proud.
Congratulations on your nomination Cory Payne!
State: Western Australia
Road safety advocate and charity fundraiser
At just 17, Cory Payne and his family's lives were changed forever after a single vehicle accident on Great Northern Highway as he was driving home to his family's farm in New Norcia. Cory spent 16 days in an induced coma and more than a year in rehabilitation.
Cory was left with memory issues and a slight paralysis to the entire right side of his body. He spent three months in hospital and had to re-learn to walk and talk. His family were also deeply affected by his accident.
Cory now shares his story at sports clubs and high schools helping to raise road safety awareness, warning drivers not to be complacent, take unnecessary risks, drive tired or drive under the influence.
Cory also raises money for charities by entering fun runs. He completed his 20th fun run in 2019, raising a total of $65,000. Cory received the Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award in July 2018.