High profiles join lesser knowns
VOLUNTEERS, sporting legends, politicians and emergency service workers are among the 540 Australians to make it onto this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce said those being honoured today represented what was most "important and unifying" in Australian life.
"These awards recognise shining examples of men and women who display the finest qualities."
High profile recipients include motor racing great Craig Lowndes for his contribution to road safety education and charity and former Queensland premier Peter Beattie for his service to the state and in particular the promotion of international trade.
Council of the Order of Australia Chief Angus Houston said the awards also recognised those who were less known, but equally deserving. He said the Order of Australia medals were given to the "quiet achievers" making a difference in communities.
"Today's recipients are role models and champions of our national identity," Air Chief Houston said "(They are) people who serve without expectation of acknowledgement but are the backbone of our community."