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Defence Honours & Awards

Australian Awards

Australian Active Service Medal

The Australian Active Service Medal was introduced in 1988 to recognise service in prescribed warlike operations since 14 February 1975.


The medal is nickel-silver. The obverse has a Federation Star within a wreath of mimosa. On the reverse a laurel wreath surrounds the inscription ‘FOR ACTIVE SERVICE’.


The ribbon colours are primarily variations of the Australian colours of green and gold with a central red stripe symbolising the dangers faced in warlike situations.


A clasp with the name of the theatre or action for which the award is made is presented with the medal.

A further award of the Australian Active Service Medal in another area is recognised by the issue of an additional clasp. Additional clasps are worn above previously awarded clasps, in order of date of receipt.

The following clasps have been issued for the medal:

The eligibility criteria and the Determination for each clasp are included on the table of clasps issued

Source Documents

Letters Patent and Regulations (Gazette S335) of 2 November 1988 [PDF] [Word]

Honours and Awards Manual

Chapter 17 Australian Active Service Medal


See Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB)


Apply for campaign and service awards

Australian Active Service Medal - Obverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

Australian Active Service Medal - Reverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

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