Defence Honours & Awards is part of the Defence People Group.
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.
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.
Replacements are available for medals lost in the recent bushfires across Australia. Apply online
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.
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.
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.
Each year, the Directorate of Honours and Awards: