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Australia’s national floral emblem is the golden wattle. When in flower, the golden wattle displays the national colours, green and gold.
As one species of a large genus of flora growing across Australia, the golden wattle is a symbol of unity. Wattle is purpose-built to withstand Australia’s droughts, winds and bushfires. The resilience of wattle captures the spirit of the Australian people.
Australian Antarctic Medal
The Australian Antarctic Medal is awarded for outstanding service in scientific research or exploration in Antarctica. Australia has been involved in scientific exploration of Antarctica since the expeditions led by Sir Douglas Mawson in 1911- 1914. Dr Patricia Selkirk was awarded the Australian Antarctic Medal in 2004 for her research conducted over 17 Antarctic expeditions.
National Medal – Australia’s most awarded medal
As Australia’s most awarded civilian medal, the National Medal recognises long service in eligible organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members.
Jan Petterd was awarded the medal in March 2001 for her long service as a correctional officer at to Risdon Women’s Prison in Tasmania. During her 27 years at the prison, Jan played an important role in developing a more inclusive, supportive service for inmates.
Australian National Flag
The Australian National Flag was first flown in Melbourne in 1901. For over a century now it has been the primary expression of Australian identity and pride.
You can receive immediate advice on how to fly the flag on special occasions by registering for the Commonwealth Flag Network alert.