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Annual Report 2014–15

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Honouring our service personnel

On 25 April 2015, Australia commemorated the Centenary of Anzac—remembering the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in all conflicts in which our country has been involved. The award of medals is an important way of honouring our service personnel, and Anzac Day provides a fitting occasion for such awards.

Medals are the tangible and visual representation of recognising service and achievement. They hold great importance for those who render service to our nation and for their families.

Defence’s Directorate of Honours and Awards, within the Defence People Group, administers and issues awards to currently serving and discharged members of the Australian Defence Force, as well as to a number of Defence civilians. In a typical year, the directorate processes up to 25,000 medal applications, dispatches up to 40,000 medals, and responds to approximately 30,000 medals inquiries.

In the months leading up to Anzac Day, Defence usually experiences a spike in applications and inquiries. However, this was particularly the case this year in the lead-up to the Centenary of Anzac.

By streamlining processes and engaging a team of contractors in anticipation of the higher-than-normal workload, Defence reached its target of all medals being issued to eligible applicants who had lodged applications before the end of February 2015.

It was a good result for Defence, and satisfying for those in the directorate to know that Anzac Day 2015 was made more memorable for many thousands of Australian Defence Force members, veterans and their families.

For more information about Defence honours and awards and the Australian honours system, visit Status