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Defence Honours & Awards

We provide medallic recognition to current serving and discharged Australian Defence Force personnel and Defence civilians. Awards are issued from the Australian and Imperial honours and awards systems from World War One to current day. We develop Defence honours and awards policy and provide advice to Government on honours and awards issues.


Due to the impact of the Victorian Government imposed Stage 4 COVID Restrictions on our dispatch supplier, there will be no awards being dispatched until the 28th of September 2020. This will also result in delays to awards being dispatched at the end of the restrictions as the dispatch supplier clears the schedules. Updated advice will be posted on this website as the situation unfolds.

National Emergency Medal

The National Emergency Medal was approved in October 2011 for award to members of eligible organisations or individuals who rendered qualifying service in response to nationally significant emergencies within Australia.

Go to National Emergency Medal page.


Replacements for Medals Lost or Destroyed in Bushfires

Replacements are available for medals lost in the recent bushfires across Australia. Apply online


Australian Operational Service Medal – Special Operations

The medal recognises the service of Australian Defence Force members on special operations as declared by the Chief of the Defence Force from 1 November 2019. Go to Australian Operational Service Medal – Special Operations page.

Australian Operational Service Medal Special Operations

Meritorious Unit Citation for Rwanda

The resilience and bravery displayed by Australian Service Contingents 1 and 2 during Operation TAMAR between 25 July 1994 and 8 March 1996 is being recognised by the Meritorious Unit Citation.

Commendation for Gallantry

Gallantry of Australian Far East Prisoners of War recognised

The awarding of the Commendation for Gallantry to 28 servicemen who were killed while escaping or following recapture during World War II has been approved by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). Link to page.

Commendation for Gallantry

Did you know?

Each year, the Directorate of Honours and Awards:

  • process 15,000 applications,
  • dispatch 30,000 medals,
  • receive 160 Ministerial correspondence.