Throughout this tumultuous year of social and political upheaval - when the goalposts shifted on terrorism and our fortitude on issues as broad as racism, homophobia, domestic violence and asylum seekers was challenged like never before - a number of high-profile men came to the fore.
Rising above the hubbub, they took a stand for what they believe in and inspired sobering discoveries and necessary debate. From the halls of power in Canberra to the footy ground, and from our televisions to a foreign prison, these are the men who made a difference to Australia in 2015, each playing a role in shaping a better future.
Click through the gallery above for our nominations for the men who mattered most in 2015. Let us know in the comments section if you agree or have your own nominations.