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Honorary Doctorates

Council confers the degree of Doctor of the University in recognition of distinction by the person in public service or service to the University, or in recognition of distinguished contribution by the person in a field of academic endeavour and in accordance with University policy Honorary Degrees. 

  • 2020 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Mr Philip Liggett MBE
    • Mr Neil Gaiman
  • 2019 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Ms Anna Meares OAM
    • Ms Gillian Hicks AM MBE FRSA
    • Dr Kumi Naidoo
    • Dr Rosemary Bryant AO
    • Professor Fiona Stanley AC
    • Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AO
    • Mr Michael Hickinbotham
    • The Hon Dr Brendan Nelson AO
    • Mr Jim McDowell
    • Mr Adam Goodes
  • 2018 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Mr Eric Idle
    • The Honourable Greg Combet AM
    • Mr Peter Gago AC
    • Mr William (Bill) Muirhead AM
    • Ms Deborah Cheetham AO
    • Adjunct Associate Professor Monica Oliphant AO
  • 2017 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Dr Curtis Wong
    • The Hon Julia Gillard AC
    • Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd)
    • Mr Kevin O'Loughlin OAM
    • The Hon John Mansfield AM QC
    • Dr Ian Gould AM
    • Mrs Janet Holmes à Court AC  
    • Emeritus Professor MaryAnn Bin-Sallik AO
    • Mr Thomas Keneally AO
  • 2016 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Mr Jack Manning Bancroft
    • Professor Gary Banks AO
    • Mrs Marie Coleman AO
    • Ms Evonne Goolagong Cawley AO MBE
    • Ms Maggie Beer AM
    • Professor Lord Anthony Giddens
    • Mr John Barry Humphries AO CBE
  • 2015 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Professor Robyn Williams AM
    • Professor Gerald Goodhardt (deceased)
  • 2014 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Dr Wolf Blass AM
    • Major General Charles Bolden Jr.
    • Professor Peter Høj AC
    • Dr Anne Summers AO
    • Sir Terence Pratchett OBE (deceased)
    • Dr Jane Goodall DBE
    • The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO
    • Professor Brian Burdekin AO
    • Professor Mary McAleese
    • Mr Vinton G Cerf
    • Mr Peter Gabriel
  • 2013 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Mr Sydney Ball (deceased)
    • The Honourable Robyn Layton AO QC
    • Mr Michael Heard
    • The Honourable Alexander Downer AC
  • 2012 minus-thick plus-thick

    Ms Fiona Hall AO

  • 2011 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Ms Alice McCleary
    • Professor Ashis Nandy
    • Emeritus Professor Maxwell Brennan AO
    • Mr Jeffrey Smart AO (deceased)
  • 2010 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Adjunct Professor Neil Bryans AM
    • Professor Brian Vincent
  • 2009 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Mr David Klingberg AO
    • Mr Martin Albrecht AC
    • Professor Jarl Rosenholm
  • 2008 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Dr Pamela Ryan OAM
    • Mr Milton Moon AM (deceased)
  • 2007 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Professor Leanna Read
    • Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC (deceased)
    • Professor Don Bursill AM
    • Dr Ron Radford AM
  • 2006 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Mr Norton Jackson, AM  (deceased)
    • Mr Mike Rann, AC
    • Hon Susan Ryan, AO
  • 2005 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Professor Andrew Ehrenberg (deceased)
    • Professor Frank Bass (deceased)
    • Dr Julian Burnside, QC
    • Mr Leon Davis, AO
    • Professor R Natarajan
    • Dr Gregor Ramsey AM (deceased)
    • Dr Simon Wong
  • 2004 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Mr Phillip Adams, AO
    • Mr Stephen Page, AM
  • 2003 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Professor Zhang Xiaowei
    • Mr Maurice de Rohan, AO OBE (deceased)
    • Dr Yuan Tseh Lee
    • Dr Alfred Huang, AM
  • 2002 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Ms Dagmar Egen, AM
    • Prof Eleanor Ramsay (deceased)
  • 2001 minus-thick plus-thick

    Hon Justice Michael Kirby, AC CMG

  • 2000 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Dr Patricia Crook, AO
    • Adjunct Prof Lyndsay Connors AM
    • Dr Malcolm Kinnaird AC (deceased)
    • Mr Rick Allert, AO
    • Mr Kym Bonython, AC  (deceased)
  • 1999 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Professor Lyndall Ryan
    • Dr Colin Thiele, AC (deceased)
    • The Hon Dr Basil Hetzel, AC (deceased)
  • 1998 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Mr Nelson Mandela (deceased)
    • Hon RJL Hawke AC (deceased)
    • Mr Bruce Webb (deceased)
    • Dr Julian Clark
    • Ms Ruth Tuck, AO (deceased)
    • Dr Don Williams, AO (deceased)
    • Dr Alice Rigney, AO (deceased)
  • 1997 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Mr Daniel Thomas, AM
    • Ms Sue Vardon, AO
    • Mr John Moriarty, AM
    • Hon Justice Samuel Jacobs, AO (deceased)
    • Dr S (Max) Richards
  • 1996 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Mr Archie Barton, AM (deceased) 
    • Dr Betty Davis, AM (deceased)
    • Hon Justice John Von Doussa AO QC
    • Ms Wendy McCarthy, AO
    • Hon  Dr John Dawkins, AO
    • Sir Eric Neal, AC, CVO
  • 1995 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Ms Doreen Kartinyeri (deceased)
    • Dr David Pank AM (deceased)
    • Dr Christobel Mattingley, AM (deceased)
    • Dr James CY Soong
  • 1994 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Ms Anne Deveson, AO (deceased)
    • Mr Gavin Walkley, AM (deceased)
    • Mr John Uhrig, AC
    • Dame Roma Mitchell, AC, DBE (deceased)
  • 1993 minus-thick plus-thick
    • Mr John McDonald AM (deceased)
    • Dr Jean Blackburn, AO (deceased)
    • Professor Lowitja O’Donoghue, AC, CBE, DSJ
    • Ms Alison Crook, AO
    • Dr James May

Emeritus Laureate Professor

The title of Emeritus Laureate Professor is an honour conferred by the University on a retired academic staff member holding the title of Emeritus Professor in recognition of distinguished service to the University.

Emeritus Professor

The title of Emeritus Professor is an honour conferred by the University on a retired academic staff member holding the title of Professor in recognition of distinguished service to the University and in accordance with University policy: Emeritus Professor

University Fellows

Council confers the Honorary Award of University Fellow in recognition of substantial continuous support for the University and in accordance with University policy: University Fellows.