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

The medal is nickel-silver with a Federation Star on a circle of flames on the obverse. The reverse has a panel for recipient detail over a design of fluted rays of varying lengths.

The ribbon has alternating stripes of silver-blue and ochre-red.

A further award is denoted by a nickel- silver bar with the Federation Star on a horizontal row of flames.  When the ribbon is worn alone, the award of a bar is indicated by a ribbon bar emblem in the form of a Federation Star on a nickel-silver disc.

Recipients of the medal are entitled to the post-nominal letters ‘DSM’. Recipients of a bar add ‘and Bar’ to the post-nominal.

Read more:

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette S18 of 22 February 2012 (Distinguished Service Decorations amendments).pdf (PDF, 268.72 KB)