The National Emergency Medal was approved in October 2011 for award to members of eligible organisations or individuals who rendered qualifying service in response to nationally significant emergencies within Australia.

While each National Emergency is separately declared, all identify eligible sustained service as service by a person in response to the declared emergency. Each person must have rendered at least five days service within the response phase of the emergency. Individuals who rendered service in the recovery phase of these nationally-significant emergencies and served outside of the date ranges outlined in the determinations are not eligible for this award.

The medal is administered by the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat at Government House which provides a Secretariat to the National Emergency Medal Committee.

ADF personnel seeking to apply who were force assigned to Defence involvement in the national emergencies are to ensure their PMKeyS Operation Log reflects any service provided during these activities. Operation Log codes are:

 
National Emergency Operation Name Operation Log
Tropical Cyclone Debbie (2017) QUEENSLAND ASSIST 17 P12
North Queensland Floods (2019) NORTH QUEENSLAND FLOODS ASSIST 19 P26
2019/2020 Bushfires BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-20 C03

ADF personnel seeking to apply who were not force assigned to Defence involvement in the national emergencies are to ensure their PMKeyS Activity Log reflects any service provided during these activities. Activity Log codes are:

 
National Emergency Operation Name Activity Log Code
Tropical Cyclone Debbie (2017) QUEENSLAND ASSIST 17 EGU
North Queensland Floods (2019) NORTH QUEENSLAND FLOODS ASSIST 19 EGV
2019/2020 Bushfires BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-20 EGQ

Having the relevant Operational/Activity Logs in PMKeyS is not sufficient to meet the eligibility criteria. Additional information is sought by the recommending authority from units on the activities that were performed in direct response or that enabled a response to the emergency. On occasion, there will be instances where not all Defence members meet the specified eligibility criteria.

ADF members that were force assigned are not required to nominate for the National Emergency Medal as a nominal roll report will be drawn from PMKeyS Operational Logs.

ADF members that were not force assigned are required to nominate for the National Emergency Medal, through the following points of contact:

Navy: navy.honoursandawards@defence.gov.au 

Army: army.ceremonial@defence.gov.au

Air Force: afhq.h&a@defence.gov.au

Defence APS employees and Defence contractors are to contact dha.nem@defence.gov.au to discuss their nominations.

The following clasps have been issued for the medal: 

  • VIC FIRES 09
  • QLD 2010-11
  • TC DEBBIE 2017
  • NTH QLD 2019
  • BUSHFIRES 19-20

Source Documents

Letters Patent and Regulations (Gazette S169) of 28 October 2011 (DOC, 116 KB) Letters Patent and Regulations (Gazette S169) of 28 October 2011 (PDF, 2.07 MB) National Emergency Medal Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-2020 Declaration (PDF, 809.04 KB) National Emergency Medal (Bushfires 2019-20) Amendment (Adelaide Hills) Declaration 2022 (PDF, 401.09 KB)

NEM Fact Sheets

Tropical Cyclone Debbie 2017 and North Queensland Floods 2019

DHA Fact Sheet - Cyclone Debbie 2017 (PDF, 386.51 KB) North Queensland Floods 2019 Fact Sheet (PDF, 345.42 KB)

Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-2020

National Emergency Medal Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-2020 factsheet (PDF, 301.41 KB)

See Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat