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Defence Honours & Awards

Honours and Decorations

Distinguished Service Cross

The Distinguished Service Cross was introduced in 1991 and is awarded for distinguished command and leadership in warlike operations.


The medal is a modified Maltese Cross of nickel-silver with the obverse having a central device of the Federation Star on a disc of flames. The reverse has a panel for recipient details.


The ribbon has a central stripe of ochre-red flanked by silver-blue stripes.

Further Awards

A further award is denoted by a nickel-silver bar with the Federation Star superimposed on a horizontal row of flames. 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 a nickel-silver Federation Star.


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

Source Documents

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette S25 of 4 February 1991 (Letters Patent and Regulations) [PDF] [Word]


The nomination procedure is detailed in Chapter 8 Annex A of the Defence Honours and Awards Manual.

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

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

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