The Australian Service Medal 1945-75 was approved in 1995, and may be awarded for service in, or in connection with declared non-warlike operations during the period commencing on 3 September 1945 and ending on 16 September 1975.
The medal is nickel-silver with the Australian Coat of Arms surrounded by the words ‘THE AUSTRALIAN SERVICE MEDAL 1945-1975’ on the obverse.
The reverse has a Federation Star with space for recipient’s details.
The ribbon has central stripes of yellow and green, flanked by navy blue, khaki and light blue stripes from the Australia Service Medal 1939-45.
A nickel-silver clasp with the name of the theatre or action for which the award is made is presented with the medal.
Further awards of the medal in other areas are recognised by the presentation of additional clasps. These are worn above previously awarded clasps, in order of date of receipt.
The following clasps have been issued for the medal:
- FESR (Far East Strategic Reserve)
- MIDDLE EAST
- PNG (Papua New Guinea)
- SE ASIA
- SPECIAL OPS
- SW PACIFIC
- W NEW GUINEA
The eligibility criteria and the Determination for each clasp are included on the table of clasps issued.