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 Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 is awarded for service in the 30-year period following World War II. The Australian Service Medal is awarded for service after February 1975.

Past recipients

View the numbers awarded for the Australia Service Medal 1939-1945.

How it is awarded

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
Or phone the free-call number: 1800 111 321


There is no post-nominal entitlement for this medal.

Medal design

Australia Service Medal 1939-1945 - frontAustralia Service Medal 1939-1945 - back

Australia Service Medal 1939-1945

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'.

Medal ribbon

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.

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Last Updated: 29 September, 2008