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The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards - Ribbons

The order of wearing honours and awards is determined by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

The most recent order was published on 25 September 2007 and is available from the It's an Honour website.

A modified version of the order of wearing, designed to include medals issued since the official list was published, is available at Chapter 4 of the Honours and Awards Manual.

Honours and Awards listed in the Schedule and Annexes in BOLD and UPPER CASE print are:

  • those within the Australian honours and awards system
  • those conferred by The Sovereign in exercise of the Royal Prerogative
  • those within the Order of St John
  • foreign awards, the acceptance and wearing of which have been authorised by the Governor-General.

– all imperial British awards made to Australian citizens after 5 October 1992 are foreign awards and should be worn accordingly.

Ribbons

The following table shows awards which have links to pages within the DH&A website. Click here to view the complete list.

VICTORIA CROSS

VICTORIA CROSS (VC) (1)

COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AC)

OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AO)

STAR OF GALLANTRY

STAR OF GALLANTRY (SG)

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS (DSC)

MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AM)

CONSPICUOUS SERVICE CROSS

CONSPICUOUS SERVICE CROSS (CSC)

NURSING SERVICE CROSS

NURSING SERVICE CROSS (NSC)

MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY

MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY (MG)

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL (DSM)

PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL

PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL (PSM)

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (OAM)

CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL

CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL (CSM)

COMMENDATION FOR GALLANTRY

COMMENDATION FOR GALLANTRY

COMMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

COMMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

Queen’s South Africa Medal

Queen’s South Africa Medal

King’s South Africa Medal

King’s South Africa Medal

1914 Star

1914 Star

1914–1915 Star

1914–1915 Star (5)

British War Medal

British War Medal

Mercantile Marine War Medal

Mercantile Marine War Medal

Victory Medal

Victory Medal

Naval General Service Medal 1915–1962

Naval General Service Medal 1915–1962 (6) (7)

General Service Medal 1918–1962

General Service Medal 1918–1962 (6) (7)

1939–1945 Star

1939–1945 Star

Atlantic Star

Atlantic Star (8)

Air Crew Europe Star

Air Crew Europe Star (8)

Arctic Star

Arctic Star

Africa Star

Africa Star

Pacific Star

Pacific Star (9)

Burma Star

Burma Star (9)

Italy Star

Italy Star

France and Germany Star

France and Germany Star (8)

Defence Medal

Defence Medal

War Medal 1939–1945

War Medal 1939–1945

AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL 1939–1945

AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL 1939–1945

AUSTRALIAN ACTIVE SERVICE MEDAL 1945–1975

AUSTRALIAN ACTIVE SERVICE MEDAL 1945–1975 (7)

Korea Medal

Korea Medal

United Nations Service Medal for Korea

United Nations Service Medal for Korea (10)

Naval General Service Medal 1915–1962

Naval General Service Medal 1915–1962 (6) (7)

General Service Medal 1918–1962

General Service Medal 1918–1962 (6) (7)

General Service Medal 1962

General Service Medal 1962 (7)

VIETNAM MEDAL

VIETNAM MEDAL

VIETNAM LOGISTIC AND SUPPORT MEDAL

VIETNAM LOGISTIC AND SUPPORT MEDAL (11)

AUSTRALIAN ACTIVE SERVICE MEDAL

AUSTRALIAN ACTIVE SERVICE MEDAL (7)

INTERNATIONAL FORCE EAST TIMOR MEDAL

INTERNATIONAL FORCE EAST TIMOR MEDAL

AFGHANISTAN MEDAL

AFGHANISTAN MEDAL

IRAQ MEDAL

IRAQ MEDAL

AUSTRALIAN SERVICE MEDAL 1945–1975

AUSTRALIAN SERVICE MEDAL 1945–1975 (7)

AUSTRALIAN GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL FOR KOREA

AUSTRALIAN GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL FOR KOREA

AUSTRALIAN SERVICE MEDAL

AUSTRALIAN SERVICE MEDAL (7)

AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL - BORDER PROTECTION

AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL (12)

AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL - GREATER MIDLE EAST OPERATION

AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL (12)

AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL (CIVILIAN)

AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL (CIVILIAN)

RHODESIA MEDAL

RHODESIA MEDAL

HUMANITARIAN OVERSEAS SERVICE MEDAL

HUMANITARIAN OVERSEAS SERVICE MEDAL (7)

NATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDAL

NATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDAL

DEFENCE FORCE SERVICE MEDAL

DEFENCE FORCE SERVICE MEDAL

RESERVE FORCE DECORATION

RESERVE FORCE DECORATION (RFD)

RESERVE FORCE MEDAL

RESERVE FORCE MEDAL

DEFENCE LONG SERVICE MEDAL

DEFENCE LONG SERVICE MEDAL

NATIONAL MEDAL

NATIONAL MEDAL

AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MEDAL

AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MEDAL

AUSTRALIAN CADET FORCES SERVICE MEDAL

AUSTRALIAN CADET FORCES SERVICE MEDAL

ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL SERVICE 1951–1972 MEDAL

ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL SERVICE 1951–1972 MEDAL

See also:

Notes:

  1. Refers to the Imperial Victoria Cross and the Victoria Cross for Australia.
  2. Provision for further awards at this level within the Order of Australia was removed by Her Majesty The Queen on 3 March 1986 on the advice of the Prime Minister.
  3. Listed to indicate where any awards within the Order of St John should be worn; however, the Service Medal of the Order of St John should be worn as a Long Service Medal after all other Imperial Long Service awards. Postnominals within the Order of St John are not recognised as notified in the Governor-General’s media release of 14 August 1982. (The Life Saving Medal is worn on the right side.)
  4. The Australian Antarctic Medal was known as the Antarctic Medal until 18 December 1997.
  5. Recipients of the 1914 Star are not eligible for the award of the 1914–1915 Star.
  6. The order of wearing of the Naval General Service Medal 1915–1962 and General Service Medal 1918–1962 (Army and Air Force) will vary from person to person depending on when the person earned the first clasp. If the first clasp relates to service between World War I and World War II, the medals should be worn immediately after World War I war medals. If the first clasp relates to service after 2 September 1945, the medals should be worn immediately after the United Nations Service Medal for Korea.
  7. Clasps to these medals should be worn on the ribbon in order of date of receipt.
  8. Only one of these three Stars could be awarded to an individual. Should a person have qualified for two of these awards, the Star first earned is worn with the clasp of the second Star. Only one Star and one clasp may be worn even if the person qualified for all three Stars.
  9. Only one of these two Stars could be awarded to an individual. Should a person have qualified for both the Pacific Star and the Burma Star, the Star first earned was awarded together with the appropriate clasp denoting the service that would have qualified for the other Star.
  10. Uniquely, although a foreign award, the United Nations Service Medal for Korea is worn immediately after the Korea Medal. All other foreign awards for which official permission has been given to accept and wear are worn as foreign awards.
  11. A person who has been awarded the Vietnam Medal, or who is eligible for the award of the Vietnam Medal, is not eligible for the award of the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal.
  12. Worn in order of date of qualifying service.
  13. Refers to Imperial efficiency and long service awards.