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The leaders who steered the nation through a health and bushfire crisis are the favourites to become 2021's Australian of the Year.

State and territory finalists for the Australian of the Year are in Canberra ahead of Monday's reveal, when they will find out who will be awarded the top honour.

While ACT Australian of the Year Professor Brendan Murphy and NSW Australian of the Year Shane Fitzsimmons are the favourites to win, they are vying for the gong against passionate campaigners and doctors.

ACT's 2021 Australian of the Year finalist Professor Brendan Murphy

New South Wales 2021 Australian of the Year finalist Shane Fitzsimmons

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State and territory finalists for the Australian of the Year are in Canberra ahead of Monday's reveal 

asmania's 2021 Australian of the Year finalist Grace Tame (pictured) advocate for survivors of sexual assault and #LetHerSpeak campaigner

 asmania's 2021 Australian of the Year finalist Grace Tame (pictured) advocate for survivors of sexual assault and #LetHerSpeak campaigner

Victoria's 2021 Local Hero finalist Dr Kirby White

South Australia's 2021 Young Australian of the Year finalist Isobel Marshal

Victoria's 2021 Local Hero finalist Dr Kirby White

Professor Murphy was chief health officer at the start of the coronavirus crisis and was pivotal in ensuring governments put health advice at the front and centre of the nation's response.

Being named Australian of the Year would mean recognition of the work done by health professionals and the public service throughout the pandemic, he said.

'I'm just a representative of a huge effort,' Professor Murphy told AAP on Sunday.

'Everyone has pulled together and as a nation we've shown just how powerful we can be.'

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Queensland's 2021 Local Hero finalist Natasha Johnston was nominated for an award on Australia Day

Queensland's 2021 Local Hero finalist Natasha Johnston was nominated for an award on Australia Day 

Like many Australians in NSW and the ACT, Professor Murphy bore witness to former Rural Fire Service boss Shane Fitzsimmons' leadership throughout last summer's deadly bushfires.

Mr Fitzsimmons now heads Resilience NSW, and says becoming Australian of the Year would be an opportunity to promote the importance of volunteers, mental health and community.

Ten firefighters died during the devastating fires, including seven in NSW.

Heartbreaking images of Mr Fitzsimmons awarding bravery and service awards to toddlers instead of their fathers were shared around the world.

'We owe it to all of them to make sure that as they grow up they know the only reason their dad is no longer with them is because they were heroes, out there making a difference in their community,' Mr Fitzsimmons said.

South Australia's 2021 Senior Australian of the Year finalist Professor Richard Bruggemann

South Australia's 2021 Senior Australian of the Year finalist Professor

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