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Defence Honours & Awards

Honours and Decorations

Conspicuous Service Medal

The Conspicuous Service Medal was introduced in 1989 to recognise meritorious achievement or devotion to duty in non-warlike situations.


The medal is nickel-silver with the obverse having a central device of the Southern Cross surrounded by a laurel wreath.

The reverse has a horizontal panel for recipient details over a design of fluted rays.


The ribbon has alternating narrow diagonal stripes of bush green and sandy gold.

Further Awards

A further award is denoted by a nickel-silver bar with a superimposed central replica of the Medal flanked by laurel leaves.

Conspicuous Service Cross - Bar - Click to open high resolution version in new window

When the ribbon is worn alone, the award of a bar is indicated by the addition of a ribbon bar emblem in the form of the Medal.


Recipients of the medal are entitled to the postnominal letters ‘CSM’. Recipients of a bar add ‘and Bar’ to the postnominal.

Source Documents

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette S108 of 7 May 1990 (Letters Patent and Regulations) [PDF] [Word]


The nomination procedure is detailed in Chapter 12 Annex A of the Defence Honours and Awards Manual.

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Conspicuous Service Cross - Obverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

Conspicuous Service Cross - Reverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

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