Defence Honours & Awards is part of the Defence People Group.
Defence introduced a commendation scheme to recognise outstanding or exceptional achievement, or specific acts of bravery, by Defence personnel. These achievements are often not suitably recognised by the Australian honours and awards system.
A commendation may be made for a single outstanding performance, or for consistent performance.
Commendations may be made to individuals or groups.
The policy and nomination instructions are in Chapter 39 of the Honours and Awards Manual.