The Melbourne Achiever Award

The Committee for Melbourne annually recognises the outstanding achievements of a small number of individuals or organisations by awarding them with a Melbourne Achiever Award. The Melbourne Achiever Award acknowledges and celebrates significant and sustained contributions to our city that will leave a lasting legacy.


This year's recipient:

2016 - Melbourne Underground

The National Gallery of Victoria received the 2016 Melbourne Achiever Award for its significant impact on the Victorian community and economy, which in turn highlights Victoria's status as the 'Creative State'.


Past Recipients:

2015 - 30/Love

CSIRO Clayton Manufacturing Precinct received the 2015 Melbourne Achiever Award for its world-leading, cutting-edge research and development.


2014 - Melbourne On Stage

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute received the 2014 Melbourne Achiever Award for playing a vital role in Melbourne’s future positioning as a centre for research and bio-medicine.


2013 - Melbourne Inside Out

Australian Open Tennis Championships

2012 - Melbourne Celebrates Art

Melbourne Zoo received the 2012 Melbourne Achiever Award for its outstanding commitment to species conservation and contribution to the Melbourne community.


2011 - Melbourne Renaissance

Myer Family - Mr Baillieu Myer, AC, Lady Marigold Southey, AC.


2010 – Melbourne After Dark

Royal Children’s Hospital

2009 – Melbourne Style

Ms Christine Nixon, Former Chief Commissioner of the Victoria Police and Head of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority


2007 – Melbourne Soul

Prof. Rob Adams AM, City of Melbourne


2006 – Wrapped in Melbourne

The Right Hon. Lord Mayor John So, City of Melbourne

Mr John Cleese, British Actor and Comedian


2005 – Sparkling Melbourne – The Committee for Melbourne's 20th Anniversary

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE, Philanthropist, Patron of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Founding member of the Deafness Foundation of Victoria

Mr Jack Smorgon AM, Former Chairman of the Committee for Melbourne; Chairman of the Future Focus Group and Patron of the Future Focus Group Alumni Association; Director of Escor

Mr Barry Humphries AO, International Entertainer (Dame Edna Everage, ‘Megastar Housewife’)


2004 – Creative Melbourne

Prof. Andrea Hull AO, Director of the Victorian College of the Arts

Prof. Mark Burry, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, RMIT

Mr Adam Elliot, Animator


2003 – Melbourne Runs on Sport

Ms Sue Lloyd-Williams, Deputy Chief-Executive, Victoria Racing Club

Mr Paul McNamee, Chief Executive, Tennis Australia

Mr Geoff Pollard AM, President, Tennis Australia

Mr Ron Walker AC CBE, Chairman, Grand Prix Corporation, and Chairman, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games


2002 – Frogs – Freiendly Reminders of Global Sustainability

Mr Richard Weatherly, Victorian grazier and conservationist

Yarra Valley Water

Ms Sheree Marris, Director, Visions of Blue


2001 – Windows to the Future

Dr Brendan Crabb, Laboratory Head, Infection and Immunolgy Division, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Dr Patricia Edgar AM, CEO, Australian Children’s Television Foundation


2000 – Splash

Mr Vinny Lauwers, Sailing, 2001 World Sportsman of the Year with a Disability and first person with a disability to sail around the world unassisted

Mr Jesse Martin, Sailing, The youngest person to sail non-stop around the world, alone and unassisted

Royal Life Saving Society

Surf Life Saving Victoria

1999 – Melbourne on the Move

Mr Kirby Clark, Chief Financial Officer, Melbourne Airport

Dr James (Jim) Fox, Founder and Managing Director, Vision Systems

Mr David Fewchuk, GM Automotive Strategic Research Industry Foundation


1998 – Advancing Melbourne's Global Connections

Prof. David de Kretser, Director, Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development (Science)

Ms Rhonda Galbally AO, Managing Director, Australian Health Institute, University of Melbourne

Prof. Alan Trounson, Global Strategic Science Adviser, National Stem Cell Centre (Science)

Mr Shane Warne, Cricketer


1997 – A Glimpse of the Future

Mr John Barber, Chairman, Managing Director and Founder of Sigtec

Dr Ruth Bishop, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Warren Hynes Memorial Award for Medical Research


1996 – Marvellous Melbourne – Now and Again

Sir Zelman Cowen, Life Member, Governor General of Australia (1977 -1982)

Prof. David Penington, Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Melbourne University (Education and Health)

Mr John Lindsay, Paralympic Gold Medallist

Oarsome Foursome: James Tomkins Mike McKay Nick Green Andrew Cooper Andrew James

1995 – Melbourne Revitalised

The Rt Hon Sir Ninian Stephen, K.G., A.K., G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O, K.B.E, P.C., Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur. Hon Doctorates (Melbourne, Sydney, Griffith Universities and University of Western Australia), Hon. Master, Gray’s Inn, London.

Mrs Margaret Carnegie AO OAM, Life Member

Prof. Graeme Clark, Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Melbourne

Commissioner Duc-Dong Tran, City of Maribyrnong

Ms Susan Holmes, Melbourne City Marketing

Mr David Parkin, Coach, Carlton Football Club

Mr Leo Schofield, Artistic Director, Melbourne International Fesitval of the Arts

Mr Les Twentyman OAM, Youth Worker


1994 – Vision for 2001

Ms Kate Doughty, Junior Achiever

Ms Cathy Freeman, Sportswoman

Mr Troy Innocent, Multimedia Artist, Arts – Multimedia

Professor Don Metcalf, AC, AO, Medical Researcher

Mr Bruce Redpath and Mrs Ruth Redpath, Oncologist and President of the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria (Health and Community)

Mrs Seelan Singham, Partner, McKinsey and Co. (Business)

Ms Gailene Stock, Director, Royal Ballet School (Arts – Dance)



Mr Peter Armytage, Victoria Racing Club – Tourism and Racing

Mr Martin Bowen, Science and Technology

Ms Lindell Bromham, Rhodes Scholar

Ms Julie Clutterbuck, Mathematical Scientist (Science and Technology)

Sir Russell Madigan, Chairman, Hamersley Holdings Ltd, IOL Petroleum Ltd; director, CRA Ltd, RTZ Ltd, Commercial Union Assurance Ltd (Business)

Mr David Marriner, Theatre Entrepreneur and Developer

Mr Paul McKessy, Community

Mr Kevin Sheedy, Coach, Essendon Football Club

Mr Lloyd Williams, Developer and Community Activist

HE Fernando Zegers, Chilean Ambassador to Australia


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