The Australian Service Medal (ASM) was approved in 1988, and may be awarded for service in, or in connection with a prescribed non-warlike operation.
The ASM is a nickel-silver medal with a modified Shield of the Australian Coat of Arms surmounted by the Defence Force Joint Service Emblem super-imposed on a background of the meridians of longitude on the obverse. The reverse has clusters of mimosa blossoms surrounding a Federation Star bearing the inscription 'FOR SERVICE'.
The ribbon colours are primarily variations of the Australian colours of green and gold in tones of the Australian bush. The central brown stripe symbolises the earth of Australia.
A nickel-silver clasp with the name of the theatre or action for which the award is made is presented with the medal.
Further awards of the ASM in other areas are recognised by the presentation of additional clasps. These are worn above previously awarded clasps, in order of date of receipt.
Clasps issued to date for the ASM are:
The eligibility criteria and the Determination for each clasp are included on the table of clasps issued.
The source document for the ASM is:
CAG S336 dated 2 November 1988 (Letters Patent and Regulations)
Web page last updated 31 January, 2012