The Conspicuous Service Cross was introduced in 1989 to recognise outstanding devotion to duty, or outstanding achievement in the application of exceptional skills, judgement or dedication, in non-warlike situations.

The medal is a nickel-silver modified Maltese cross with the arms of the Cross interspersed with fluted rays. The obverse bears a central device of the Southern Cross surrounded by a laurel wreath. 

The reverse has a horizontal panel for recipient details.

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

A further award is denoted by a nickel-silver bar with a central replica of the Cross flanked by laurel leaves. When the ribbon is worn alone, the award of a bar is indicated by a ribbon bar emblem in the form of the Cross.

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

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Australian Conspicuous Service Decorations - Ministerial Determination of 25 September 1997 (PDF, 21.34 KB)