The countdown to Sounds of Australia is on!

NFSA ACDC Publicity Shot c1978The countdown is on! Australians have a week to nominate their favourite songs, radio programs, famous speeches… to be included on this year’s National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia list for 2016.

Established in 2007, Sounds of Australia (formerly known as the National Registry of Recorded Sound) is the National Film and Sound Archive’s (NFSA) selection of sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, which inform or reflect life in Australia.

The registry includes famous names such as AC/DC, Kylie, Divinyls, Nick Cave and Archie Roach. Also included are 19th century recordings of extinct Indigenous languages, sounds of native fauna, inspiring speeches, unforgettable jingles, and much more! The full Sounds of Australia list is available on the NFSA website.

Each year, the Australian public has the opportunity to nominate new sounds to be included – the final selection is determined by a panel of industry experts. You can nominate popular songs across all genres. Advertising jingles, famous speeches, radio broadcasts, or any other sound recordings – the only conditions are that they have to be Australian, and more than 10 years old.

Nominations close on Friday 19 August. The 2016 Sounds of Australia entries will be announced on Tuesday 8 November. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: AC/DC Band Members: Phil Rudd, Angus Young, Mark Evans, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott in a publicity shot, c1978 – courtesy of the NFSA