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


 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.

Bookings for the Oration can be made through Trybooking