- Multi-recipient Paul Harris-Fellow, Rotary Award (Sapphire), 1994 and 2007.
- Australian Achievers Award, Australia Day National Council, 1998.
- Spirit of Crazy Horse, Reclaiming Youth International, South Dakota, USA 2000.
- NSW Australian of the Year, 2003.
- Australian of the Year Finalist, 2003.
- Prime Minister's Award for Excellence and Outstanding Contribution in Drug and Alcohol Endeavours, 2004.
- Member (AM), General Division of the Order of Australia's Queen's Birthday Honours, 2006.
- The AUSTCARE 2006 Peter Cullen, for work with refugees.
- The 2006 Human Rights Medal from the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
- Lions International Association Melvin Jones Fellowship, 2008.
- Lions Club International Humanitarian Award, 2009 (Father Riley is the first Australian to be bestowed this honour).
- NSW Australian of the Year, 2012.
- Australian of the Year Finalist, 2012.
- (Hon) D. Litt, M. Ed., B. Arts, B. Theol., Dip. T., Dip Aboriginal Studies, Dip. Trauma & Abuse Counsel., , Dip. Psy., Dip. YW, Cert 4 AOD.
- Regular on Sunrise channel 7, The Today Show channel 9, Celebrity Apprentice, Australian Story and This is Your Life.
- Regular on 2GB, 2UE, ABC and regular features in The Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and many rural and regional papers.
- Co-authored three books: Mean Streets, Kind Heart, World Beyond Tears, Growing Great Kids.
- Extensive keynote speaker with service clubs, schools, public events and conferences.
- It takes a village to raise a child
- Behaviour is language
- Inspiring local communities to work with our youths
- We need to celebrate our common humanity before we celebrate what differences we have
- A new paradigm for local communities to live together
- Social issues being faced by youths
- Restorative practices as a way to give everyone a voice
- We need to celebrate our common humanity
Nelson Mandela once said that a good head and a good heart is always a formidable combination. This Australian icon’s (Fr. Chris Riley) insights into the psychology of young people at risk is awesome.
Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg, BA (Hons) MA, PhD MAPS Cert Child Internet Safety (UCLAN) Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychologist
Thank God there is someone like Fr. Chris around who cares about kids and is there when they need someone.
I watched Fr. Chris Riley in an interview recently (February 2015) and wanted to say how inspired I am by his words. It is rare to find people these days who can see past the surface level of pain to connect to the deepest communications of life.
T. Ryan, posted on line
Great speaker, everyone was completely engaged and wanted to speak with him.
Fr Riley was both moving and inspirational.
Catholic Health Australia