Inspiring Australians Oration

One of the key objectives of Victoria State Chair, Paul Wheelton AM was to have a ‘signature event’ created for the Victoria State Branch. From this the Inspiring Australians Oration was established.

The Inaugural Oration was held on Friday 24 February 2017 at the Deakin Edge, Federation Square in Melbourne with Her Excellency Linda Dessau AC Governor of Victoria invited to present the Oration.

Her Excellency spoke of the many people in her life that had inspired her, whether at school, University, the sporting arena, the Military or within the community.

The Governor concluded with the following: …. “I hope this wonderful initiative of the Victorian Branch of the Order of Australia Association is repeated next year and each year thereafter. I have had to discipline myself to stop here because there is no end to the inspiring Australians to whom I would dearly like to refer……..

And I say this is a wonderful initiative because it gives us all the opportunity to be inspired. We are all the better for the inspiring deeds of others. We are all enriched. A high tide truly does lift all the boats.”

A copy of the Inaugural Oration can be found through the following: 2017 Oration

Bookings for the Oration can be made through Trybooking


 The 2019 Inspiring Ausralians Oration willbe delivered by Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne.

The Oration willbe held on 27th February 2019 at Deakin Edge, Federation Square commencing at 11:00am

Sally Capp was elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in May 2018, the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor. She chairs the Major Projects portfolio and the Major Events portfolio.

Sally was also the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She has also served as the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne and COO of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Sally began her career as a Solicitor, after completing Law (Hons) and Commerce degrees at the University of Melbourne.
Sally has held senior roles at both KPMG and ANZ, and she took the small business she co-founded to the ASX. Most recently she was Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia,

A passionate Magpies supporter, in 2004 Sally made history as the first female board member of Collingwood FC. She is involved in a number of charities, currently sitting on the board of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, the Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation and the Melbourne University Faculty of Business and Economics.


In February 2018, the Victoria Branch of the Order of Australia Association was privileged to have Dr Susan Alberti AC deliver an inspirational Oration to an audience of more than 200 people; Association members, friends and senior students from some of Melbourne’s finest schools.

Dr Alberti’s successes in life have been outstanding, achieving many of the personal crusades she has embarked upon.  These, despite and inspired by the many personal tragedies she has faced and overcome.

Courage, determination, resilience and optimism were keynotes of her Oration.  She spoke of the difficulty of losing her husband at an early age and the subsequent need for her to study and become the first woman registered builder in Victoria.  The need for her to then manage four construction businesses and raise a young daughter on her own.  Dr Alberti spoke of the tragedy of her daughter losing her battle to Type 1 diabetes, followed by her determination to successfully overcome her own battle with lymphoma. 

Dr Alberti chose to turn these battles into something positive and she established a Foundation raising funds much needed for research into a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Her boundless energy was also channelled into the successful establishment of the Woman’s Football League (AFLW)

Named the 2107 Melbournian of The Year, Dr Alberti is also The Chairman of the Australia Day Ambassador Program, and remains a passionate supporter of the Western Bulldogs, a generous philanthropist and a very proud Melbournian.