Australia Service Medal 1939-1945
The Australia Service Medal 1939-1945 recognises service by Australia's armed forces and Volunteer Defence Corps during World War II.
It was the first distinctive Australian medal in the British system of honours and awards.
King George VI created the Australia Service Medal 1939-1945 by Royal Warrant in November 1949. The medal was for service by Australians during World War II.
Australians also qualified for British medals and campaign stars.
The qualifying period of service for the Australia Service Medal 1939-1945 is 30 days for full-time service and 90 days for part-time service.
The medal is awarded on behalf of the Governor-General by the Department Defence.
For an application form write to:
Directorate of Honours and Awards
Department of Defence
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Or phone the free-call number: 1800 111 321
There is no post-nominal entitlement for this medal.
The Australia Service Medal 1939-1945 is a circular nickel-silver medal. The obverse bears the Crown Effigy of the Sovereign.
The reverse of the medal shows the Commonwealth Coat of Arms surrounded by the words 'Australia Service Medal 1939-1945'.
The medal ribbon has a central khaki stripe flanked by red stripes. One edge has a dark blue stripe and the other edge has a light blue stripe.
The information on this page is available as a printable fact sheet.
- Australia Service Medal 1939-1945 - Fact Sheet - PDF 56KB | RTF 858KB
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