The Australia Day 2022 Honours List recognises 1040 Australians for their achievements in various fields including community service, science and research, industry, sport and the arts.
Some of this year’s recipients with connections, past or present, to television:
OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Dylan Alcott OAM — “For distinguished service to paralympic sport, particularly to tennis, and as a role model for people with disability, and to the community through a range of organisations.” Alcott has a high media profile, including appearing as a host on ABC‘s Invictus Games Tonight and The Set, as sports commentator and former panellist on The Footy Show for the Nine Network and as a contributor to Network Ten‘s The Project. At the 2019 TV Week Logie Awards he won the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Popular New Talent. Alcott was also named 2022 Australian Of The Year.
Maggie Beer AM — “For distinguished service to the tourism and hospitality industries as a cook, restaurateur and author, and to aged welfare.” Beer was a co-host on ABC‘s The Cook And The Chef and has been a guest judge and presenter on MasterChef Australia. Since 2015 she has been a judge on The Great Australian Bake Off.
Deborra-lee Furness — “For distinguished service to children as an adoption advocate, to not-for-profit organisations as an ambassador, and to the arts.” Furness was working at GTV9 in Melbourne before launching an acting career with a guest appearance on Division 4, later followed by roles in Prisoner, Kings and early episodes of Neighbours. She had the lead role in the ABC prison drama Correlli, where she met her future husband, a then unknown Hugh Jackman. Other television credits include The Flying Doctors, SeaChange, Halifax fp, Fire, Stark, GP and Hyde & Seek.
John Hartigan — “For distinguished service to the media industry, to Indigenous welfare, and to sport.” Hartigan is the former Chair of Australian News Channel, Foxtel and regional broadcaster Prime Media Group.
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Delta Goodrem — “For significant service to the not-for-profit sector, and to the performing arts.” Goodrem had childhood roles in Hey Dad!, A Country Practice and Police Rescue before taking on an ongoing role in Neighbours. She was a judge on The Voice and The Voice Kids and hosted two Christmas With Delta Goodrem specials. She also made guest appearances in The Celebrity Apprentice Australia, The Block, House Husbands and a Neighbours reunion special in 2015. In 2018 she played the lead role of Olivia Newton-John in the Seven Network mini-series Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You.
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Jane Doyle — “For service to the broadcast media, particularly to television, and to the community.” With a background in print and radio journalism, Doyle made her television debut at ABC in Adelaide in 1987. She made the move to SAS7 in 1989 and continues to read Seven News in Adelaide.
Peter Ryan — “For service to the broadcast media as a journalist.” Ryan was a journalist with ABC with credits including ABC News, Lateline Business and Business Breakfast and was Head of ABC Television News and Current Affairs in Victoria for three years.