Mr Goodes – the NSW Australian of the Year – has been recognised for his community work, leadership role with Indigenous youth and his decorated sporting career.
“Adam Goodes is an inspiring member for the community and an outstanding choice as 2014 Australian of the Year,” Mr O’Farrell said.
“Adam is a giant in the Indigenous community – he works tirelessly with Indigenous youth and helps them understand the importance of a good education and leading an active and healthy lifestyle.
“The GO Foundation he has established with former teammate Michael O’Loughlin is empowering the next generation of Indigenous role models in all walks of life.
“Adam has achieved everything there is to achieve as an AFL footballer with the Sydney Swans, winning two premierships, two Brownlow Medals and holding the record for the most games played for the Swans.
“His stand against racism last year brought the issue into the national spotlight and helped educate all Australians that racism in any form shouldn’t be tolerated.
“Adam’s pride in his heritage, dedication to his family and commitment to his teammates are qualities all Australians can look up to.
“I congratulate Adam on being the Australian of the Year and for being such an outstanding young leader in our community,” Mr O’Farrell said.