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Defence Honours & Awards

We provide medallic recognition to current serving and discharged Australian Defence Force personnel and Defence civilians. Awards are issued from the Australian and Imperial honours and awards systems from World War One to current day. We develop Defence honours and awards policy and provide advice to Government on honours and awards issues.

Australian Operational Service Medal – Special Operations

The medal recognises the service of Australian Defence Force members on special operations as declared by the Chief of the Defence Force from 1 November 2019. Go to Australian Operational Service Medal – Special Operations page.

Australian Operational Service Medal Special Operations

Meritorious Unit Citation for Rwanda

The resilience and bravery displayed by Australian Service Contingents 1 and 2 during Operation TAMAR between 25 July 1994 and 8 March 1996 is being recognised by the Meritorious Unit Citation.


Commendation for Gallantry

Gallantry of Australian Far East Prisoners of War recognised

The awarding of the Commendation for Gallantry to 28 servicemen who were killed while escaping or following recapture during World War II has been approved by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). Link to page.


Commendation for Gallantry

Unit Citation for Gallantry for Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam

The extraordinary gallantry displayed by members of RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam in South Vietnam from October 1967 to June 1971 is being recognised by the Unit Citation for Gallantry.

Veterans who served with RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam in the period from 1 October 1967 to 8 June 1971 are entitled to wear the Citation insignia with Federation Star. Link to page.


Unit Citation for Gallantry

Unit Citation for Gallantry for Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral

The extraordinary gallantry displayed by members of the 1st Australian Task Force (Forward) and associated units deployed to Area of Operations SURFERS during the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral is being recognised by the Unit Citation for Gallantry.

Veterans who served in the cited units during the Battles are entitled to wear the Citation insignia with Federation Star. Link to page.


Unit Citation for Gallantry

Did you know?

Each year, the Directorate of Honours and Awards:

  • process 15,000 applications,
  • dispatch 30,000 medals,
  • receive 160 Ministerial correspondence.