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Accepting and wearing of Foreign awards by Australians
In August 2012, Her Majesty The Queen approved the replacement of the 1997 ‘Guidelines concerning the acceptance and wearing of Foreign Awards by Australians’. Further information is on the Governor-General’s website.
70th Anniversary of the Australian Women’s Land Army
The Australian Women’s Land Army (AWLA) was formed on 27 July 1942. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the formation, the Australian Government agreed to a range of measures to recognise and thank the ‘land army girls’ for their commitment and efforts.
A reception was held in Parliament House on Monday 20 August 2012 which acknowledged those surviving former AWLA members who were able to attend. Attendees were presented with a commemorative certificate, a commemorative brooch and a copy of a commemorative history publication of the AWLA. Pictures of the event are available via the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.
If you think you or your next-of-kin may be eligible for recognition for service with the AWLA, the application form can be obtained from the Honours, Symbols and Territories Branch in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet by phoning (02) 6271 5627 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.