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.
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
Ph: 02 6271 5601
Email: Please see the Contact Us section of this website
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.