Medal Engraving Guidance

Under the Australian Honours and Awards System, all medals are engraved with the recipient's service number or Personnel Management Key Solutions (PMKeyS) number followed by the recipient’s initials and surname.

The details engraved on a medal are determined by the information held on record at the time of assessment.

Engraving is placed on the edge or reverse of the medal depending on the type of medal.

If the qualifying service occurred prior to 22 February 2002, the medal is engraved with a service number.

If the qualifying service occurred on or after 22 February 2002, the medal is engraved with a PMKeyS number.

Where an individual has legally changed their name since the date the medal was earned, the individual may request their current name be engraved on the medal prior to issue.

To apply for medals, please complete the Defence Medals Application Form.