Awards

Australia honours its citizens who have made outstanding achievements and contributions to our society.

You can explore the A-Z lists of both Australian and Imperial awards, find out how and when to wear a medal, and what post-nominal entitlements apply as well as learn about honorary awards and foreign awards. Please note: Defence campaign/service medals do not appear in this collection as defence award administration is the responsibility of the Australian Government - Department of Defence.

There are 57 awards in the Australian honours system and the best known of these are awards in the Order of Australia. You can view a pictorial guide to awards in the Australian honours system on the Australia’s Honours poster.

An important part of the Australian Honours system is the medals awarded for exceptional feats of bravery. Similarly, acts of Gallantry in our military forces are recognised. Members of the armed forces receive recognition by way of service and campaign medals.

Meritorious awards for outstanding service are made to recipients in specific occupations: police, the public service, fire services, ambulance services, the emergency services and service in the Antarctic.

The Australian Honours system also recognises citizens of other countries who have contributed to better relations between Australia and their home country through honorary awards in the Order of Australia.

The National Medal recognises 15 years of service by individuals in government organisations such as ambulance, correctional, emergency, fire and police forces, or voluntary organisations such as lifesaving or search and rescue groups. Long Service awards also recognise long-term diligent members of the armed forces.

From time to time commemorative medals are issued including those for the 80 th anniversary of the Armistice ending World War 1; the Australian Sports Medal recognising sporting achievement and issues in 2000 when Australia hosted the Olympic Games; the Centenary Medal to commemorate during the year 2001 the Centenary of the Federation of Australia and the contribution by citizens and other persons to Australian Government and society; and the Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal.

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Last Updated: 12 November, 2013