General Information

This section contains the following areas:

Civilian awards

Information on honours and awards for civilians is available from It's an Honour.

Service records

Information on historical service records is avaialable from National Archives of Australia.

Medals issued

DH&A cannot provide information in relation to medals issued to individuals unless an application has been submitted.

Replacement Medals

See Replacement Medals Policy

Can medal mounters confirm medal entitlements?

Some medal mounters may add unauthorised medals to their clients’ medal sets. The medal mounters claim that the person is entitled to the additional awards. The only agency which has the authority to determine eligibility for Defence medals is the Department of Defence.

Miniature Medals

All medals in the Australian system are issued with a miniature medal as part of the boxed presentation set.

Imperial medals, including the Vietnam Medal, were not issued with miniatures. Miniature Imperial medals can be purchased from medal dealers.

Badges and colour patches

Information about badges and uniform embellishments such as colour patches should be sought through Service channels.

Retrospective Awards of the United Nations Medal

DH&A receives regular requests for recognition of United Nations (UN) service, often years after the actual service was rendered. Queries are also received by the United Nations headquarters in New York.

On 19 November 2004 the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) promulgated the policy on the retrospective issue and replacement of UN medals which is as follows:

Initial retrospective issue and replacement of UN medals must be supported by an Application for UN Medal or an 'Application for Replacement UN Medal'.

Applications must be certified by the relevant national authority, and must be submitted through the national authority’s Permanent Mission to the UN to the Military Adviser DPKO. (In the case of the ADF, the national authority is DH&A.)

Initial retrospective issue of UN medals must be requested within one year of departure from the mission area.

Medal replacement is limited to five years after a peacekeeping mission has closed and all replacements are at the cost of the individual applicant.

DPKO noted that many of the applications received for both initial issue and replacement did not meet these requirements.

DPKO advised that as of 1 December 2004 any application for initial retrospective issue or replacement of UN medals that did not comply with the UN medal policy stated above would be rejected.

United Nations Medal Ribbon Numerals

The UN has clarified the policy regarding the use of numerals to be attached to the ribbon of the UN Medal.

There is a misconception that the numerals are added to the ribbon of the UN Medal to recognise 'additional tours' with a specific mission.

In fact, the numerals are issued to recognise actual consecutive number of days served rather than multiple 'tours'.

The initial qualifying period for the UN Medal is normally 90 days of consecutive service.

The numeral '2' is awarded after an additional 180 days consecutive service following the initial qualification for the medal; the numeral '3' is awarded after an additional 180 days of consecutive service after the qualification for the numeral '2', and so on in blocks of 180 days.

Web page last updated 24 October, 2013