about macinley.

Selected as the 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year, Macinley Butson is a 22 year old inventor and scientist whose endeavours have seen them recognised with awards, while they continue to work with people speaking at events and inspiring all age groups. They still avidly pursues projects, aiming to help society and improve outcomes in life for those in need.

As a child, Macinley was very curious and creative. As they grew, so too did their passion for science and engineering as they began to undergo many science experiments which were the start of an inventing future.

She fosters this same curiosity in other students, motivating them as a role model, encouraging them to ask the big questions and explore these issues deeper. She is very passionate and believes there is no better investment than in people so, she is constantly sewing into other peoples lives who share an interest in STEM.


Photo: Salty Dingo / Australian of the Year awards committee


       a message from macinley.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths; in my opinion, create the fundamentals of life. It is a rapidly increasing field, and now more than ever is the best time to be involved. We are living in the information age, a time where we have grown up with the world at our fingertips and now, the only constant thing is change. Soon, people will be looking toward the innovators and pioneers, to provide answers to major global issues. Whether this be global warming or curing diseases, we are going to become dependent on STEM for the advancement and betterment of our society.

So, I encourage all no matter their age, to become pioneers in their own field. Break new ground, create a new path in which others can follow, to help humanity




Nominated as the 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year, Macinley believes that if we invest in our youth we can flood communities with new ideas. Those not constrained by limitations or boundaries, and that by using each persons unique gifts we can work together towards a better future.