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Defence Honours & Awards

Policy

Replacement Medals Policy

Living recipients:

  1. Living recipients of medals are entitled to one replacement set, in circumstances beyond the control of the holder of the medals.
  2. Replacement awards will not be provided until a period of two months has lapsed from the date of the loss to allow adequate time for recovery.
  3. Only awards that can be returned to the Directorate (eg broken or damaged) will be issued as Original. Medals that cannot be returned will be engraved with a 'D' for Duplicate.

Deceased Recipients:

  1. Replacements can be requested for losses since 1 December 1974.
  2. Lost or destroyed medals for deceased recipients can be replaced in circumstances beyond the control of the holder of the medals.
  3. Defence will only replace service medals it has authority to issue from within the Imperial and Australian Honours systems.
  4. Replacement awards will not be provided until a period of two months has lapsed from the date of the loss to allow adequate time for recovery.
  5. Only awards that can be returned to the Directorate (eg broken or damaged) will be issued as Original. Medals that cannot be returned will be engraved with a 'D' for Duplicate.

Applications

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

Purchasing Replicas

Replica medals are available from a medals dealer or a commercial military memorabilia outlet. Many of these replicas are high quality and can be difficult to distinguish from the originals.

To request a list of your relatives entitled awards, please complete the Application for Defence Medals form.

Government House Awards

If you are seeking replacement of Australian Gallantry, Distinguished Service, Conspicuous Service, Bravery or Order of Australia decoration, contact Government House in Canberra on 02 6283 3603.