The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia has announced honours and decorations for meritorious, distinguished, and remarkable service to 992 Australians, including 669 in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
The Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) said:
“On behalf of all Australians, I congratulate the Australians recognised in today’s Honours List. Recipients share some common traits – including selflessness, excellence and a commitment to service. They’re from different backgrounds, their stories are each unique, and each has served in different ways. This diversity is a strength and each has impacted their community and made it better.”
“The Order of Australia belongs to all Australians. In addition to the characteristics of selflessness, excellence and service, each recipient in the Order has something else in common: someone has taken the time to nominate them for recognition.”
The following thirteen Indian-Australians are also in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2022:
Asha Bhat is the CEO of the award-winning regional Southern Aboriginal Corporation (SAC), which works with other community and commercial organisations to offer services and programmes that serve the needs and ambitions of the Noongar people.
Babette Francis is the National and Overseas Coordinator for Endeavour Forum Inc., a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Mrs Francis is the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer’s Australian representative.
She was a resident of India at the time of the subcontinent’s partition into India and Pakistan.
Gurpreet Pinky Singh is the president of the Australian Punjabi Welfare Association (APWA), an organisation dedicated to the welfare and safety of the Punjabi community in Queensland.
She is also the Liberal National Party’s (LNP) Immigration and Citizenship Policy Chair, and she ran for the seat of McConnell in Brisbane in 2020.
She worked tirelessly to raise finances and awareness for Indian-origin bus driver Manmeet Alisher, who was tragically killed in 2016.
The Australian Residents Anglo-Indian Association’s first President is Mr. Hector Simon Soans (ARAIA).
In New South Wales, he is a well-known philanthropist, and his flowing letter “ITP” is the most recognisable financial institution in the country.
For his vision to maintain Anglo-Indian identity, he was previously honoured as an ARAIA Patron.
Dr. Jacob George, a former Consultant Psychiatrist at Royal Derwent Hospital and Director of Tasmania’s Alcohol and Drug Service, has been honoured for his contributions to the Tasmanian society.
Kersi Meher-Homji is an Australian journalist, author, and biography of Indian Parsi heritage.
He is the author of 15 cricket books, including The Waugh Twins, Cricket’s Great Families, Cricket’s Great All-rounders, Six Appeal, Nervous Nineties, Cricket’s Conflicts and Controversies, and Cricket’s Conflicts and Controversies (foreword by Greg Chappell).
Dr. Marlene Kanga, an IIT Bombay and Imperial College London alumna, has been honoured for her support of women in STEM and leadership roles in engineering and technology organisations.
She was also named a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014, and she received the CHEMECA Medal and the Institution of Engineers India Centenary Award in 2019.
Ms Patricia Janet Rodgrigues
For service to secondary education
He began his profession in shipping and has continued to do so to this day. He began his career as a merchant navy official in India in 1960 and has since been recognised as an international expert on maritime safety with Australia’s AM award.
Distinguished Professor Suresh Bhargava is a world-renowned multidisciplinary scientist with decades of leadership in academia and industry, as well as a lifelong commitment to Australia’s links with India, among the Indian-Australian honorees.
He has always been dedicated to bridging the gap between India and Australia.
He was a founding architect of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund through advising roles with Australian Prime Ministers, Premiers, and Governors on Indo-Australian relations.
Prof. Sameer Bhole is the Director of the Oral Health Alliance, which is a collaboration between the University of Queensland’s School of Dentistry and Metro-North Oral Health Service.
He has extensive dental experience in Australia, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, and India, including work in private practise, government (public) oral health services, universities, dental associations, and dental professional bodies.
He has spent his career working to improve oral health for disadvantaged groups, with a particular focus on health disparities, access hurdles, and social determinants of health.
Dr. Sathya Rao is a pioneer in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, and his commitment for research, evidence-based practise, and education has motivated hundreds of health professionals in Australia and beyond to specialise in this field.
Dr. Smita Shah, Director of the Western Sydney Local Health District’s Prevention Education and Research Unit and Clinical Professor at Sydney Medical School’s Faculty of Medicine and Health, came to Australia in the early 1980s to work at Sydney Children’s Hospital.