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Extended eligibility for the National Police Service Medal

On the Australian Government’s recommendation, Her Majesty The Queen has approved amendments to extend eligibility for the National Police Service Medal to recognise 15 years’ ethical and diligent service as a sworn Australian police officer in active service on or after 14 February 1975, the date of the beginning of the Australian honours system (rather than on or after 30 October 2008).

The Prime Minister’s media statement is available on the Prime Minister’s website.

Further information about the National Police Service Medal is available on this website.

15 April 2014

Knights and Dames of the Order of Australia

The Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, announced on 25 March 2014 that Her Majesty The Queen has approved amendments to reinstate the appointment of Knights and Dames of the Order of Australia.

The Prime Minister’s media statement is available on the Prime Minister’s website.

Answers to some questions are available on our fact sheet.

Further information about the Order of Australia is available on this website. Updated information regarding the reinstatement of Knights and Dames will be published shortly.

28 March 2014

Australian Bravery Decorations

The Australian Bravery Decorations recognise acts of selfless bravery by members of the community.

In 1989 Mr Darrell James Tree of South Australia was awarded the first Cross of Valour: Australia’s highest civilian bravery decoration. Despite repeatedly falling unconscious from electrocution Mr Tree saved a three year-old boy from a crane charged with high voltage electricity.

Australian National Anthem

Australian National Flag image

The Australian National Anthem, proclaimed in 1984, identifies Australia at home and overseas. It unites the nation and is a public expression of joy and pride in being Australian.

The anthem is used at important public ceremonies, sporting and community events. The words of the Australian National Anthem are available for download on this site.