Honorary Awards

About honorary awards

People who are not Australian citizens can also be recognised by awards in the Order of Australia.

These awards are processed by the Honours, Symbols and Territories Branch of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Prime Minister recommends awards to the Governor-General.

These are honorary awards but the same post-nominals are used and insignia is presented.

Award nominations

Inquiries should be directed to the Honours, Symbols and Territories Branch of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The contact details for the Honours, Symbols and Territories Branch are:

Honours, Symbols and Territories Branch
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
PO Box 6500
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Australia
Ph: 02 6271 5601

Email: Please see the Contact Us section of this website

Award recipients

The first recipients of honorary awards were announced in January 1980.

An honorary Companion of the Order of Australia was awarded to Shigeo Nagano for service to trade and commerce. Three honorary Officers in Order of Australia were awarded to Mrs Georgette McCallum for service to Australian theatre, Sir Peter Matthews for service to Australian heavy engineering and ship building and Mr Dudley Schoales for service to Australian finance and business.

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Last Updated: 5 November, 2012