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Defence Honours & Awards

Australian Awards

Iraq Medal

The Iraq Medal was introduced in 2004 for service with the US led coalition operations in Iraq. The medal was awarded initially for a period of 7 days service in the prescribed area from 18 March 2003. From 1 May 2003 the qualifying period was extended to 30 days.


The medal is cupro-nickel with the Australian Coat of Arms on the obverse.

The reverse has a processional lion standing on a narrow plinth and the word ‘IRAQ’.


The ribbon is sand yellow representing the desert sands of Iraq, with central stripes of purple and red representing the ADF and the conflict in Iraq.

Source Documents

Letters Patent and Regulations (Gazette S421) of 22 October 2004 [PDF] [Word]

Determination (Gazette S154) of 28 September 2009 [PDF] [Word]

Honours and Awards Manual

Chapter 23 Campaign Awards Post 1975


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