The Order of Australia was established by Queen Elizabeth in 1975, as an Australian society of honour for the recognition of achievement or service to the community at large. It is considered to be one of the very highest acknowledgements that Australia can bestow upon an individual.
“To be recognised at the highest level, by the greatest country in the world, and for work within an industry you love, is – for me – the pinnacle of success,” comments Freedman. “To say I am honored, and so very humbled, is an understatement.”
As a multiple Australian Export Awards winner, Sydney-based RØDE has in recent times been hailed as a leader in the Australian manufacturing sector by many of the country’s senior politicians and leading academics, with its sustainable high-tech approach setting an example for the future of Australian manufacturing.
Freedman’s involvement in initiatives such as the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Center (IMCRC), and Microsoft’s “JoinedUp Innovation” initiative has seen him regularly invited as presenter and opinion leader to educational institutions, both locally and internationally.
With a passion for the arts and a love for his home city of Sydney, Freedman is a sponsor of the renowned Sydney Festival, and a founding member of the festival’s 40th anniversary fund which has been established to nurture Australian musicians and artists.
Outgoing festival director, Lieven Bertels, commented, “I am extremely thrilled with this long-overdue recognition of Peter’s work in an industry I’ve always been passionate about myself. His help towards Sydney Festival has made a huge difference in our 40th anniversary celebrations this year.”