Nominate a Sound

Each year, a panel of industry experts choose ten sounds from all the public nominations to be added to the Sounds of Australia.

Not sure what to nominate? Take a look at the more than 100 sounds added since the Registry’s inception in 2007.

They can be popular songs, advertising jingles, famous speeches, radio broadcasts, or any other sound recordings – as long as they’re Australian and more than 10 years old.

Help us select the next sounds!


Public nominations are accepted throughout the year. Nominations received after the closing date will be considered in the following year’s selection process.

The nominated sounds are assessed by a panel of experts from the recorded sound industry and cultural institutions. From the nominations, the panel will recommend recordings to the Chair of the panel for inclusion in the Sounds of Australia. The panel may also recommend nominations to be held over for consideration the following year.

To be eligible for inclusion, sounds must meet the following selection criteria:

  • Recordings may be a single item or group of related items; published or unpublished; and may contain music, spoken word, or any other sound.
  • The recording must be at least 10 years old to be nominated.
  • Sound recordings are defined as works from a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, but not including the sound component of a moving image work, unless it is available as a stand-alone sound recording or is the only surviving component of the work.
  • Recordings do not have to be part of the NFSA’s National Recorded Sound Collection.
  • Recordings are assessed on their cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, and how they inform or reflect life in Australia.

You may submit up to three nominations per year.

Nominate now for 2022