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Sounds of Australia - Nominations

Nominations are now closed for 2023

What are the sounds of Australia that move you? That speak to our culture, our history and our diversity? What do you think deserves to be preserved for future generations to enjoy? 

Each year, a panel of industry experts chooses 10 sounds from all the public nominations to be inducted into the NFSA's Sounds of Australia.

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.

Nominations for 2023 are now closed. The 10 recordings that will be added to the registry this year will be announced in November.



The nominated sounds are assessed by a panel of experts from the recorded sound industry. The panel will recommend nominated 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  • Recordings may be a single item or group of related items; published or unpublished; and may contain music, spoken word or any other sound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.


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