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Defence Honours & Awards

Policy

Medal Engraving Policy

Under the Australian Honours and Awards System, all medals are engraved with the recipient's service number or Personnel Management Key Solutions (PMKeyS) number followed by the recipient’s initials and surname.

The details engraved on a medal are determined by the information held on record at the time of assessment.

Engraving is placed on the edge or reverse of the medal depending on the type of medal.

Service Numbers

If the qualifying service occurred prior to 22 February 2002, the medal is engraved with a service number.

If the qualifying service occurred on or after 22 February 2002, the medal is engraved with a PMKeyS number.

Name Changes

Where an individual has legally changed their name since the date the medal was earned, the individual may request their current name be engraved on the medal prior to issue.

Applications

To apply for medals, please complete the Application for Defence Medals form.