Medal of the Order of Australia

Significance

In the Australian honours system appointments to the Order of Australia confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.

The Medal of the Order of Australia is awarded for service worthy of particular recognition.

The Order of Australia has five levels:

Past recipients

Recipients of the Order of Australia are from many fields of endeavour and all walks of life.

Sister Margaret Culhane OAM was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australian in 2012 for her service to the international community, particularly refugees from Asia and Africa, to women, and as an educator.

Glenn Sargeant OAM was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his compassion, leadership, service to education and youth. Mr Sargent instigated an educational programme for young student mothers at Plumpton High School in Sydney, New South Wales that is now emulated around the country.

Francis d’Arenberg Osborn OAM was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004 for service to the Australian wine industry and inspirational leadership to the McLaren region in South Australia.

Search the Australian Honours List for past recipients of the Medal of the Order of Australia.

View the numbers awarded for the Medal of the Order of Australia.

How it is awarded

The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens.

Except for Knight and Dames, nominations for awards in the General Division of  the Order of Australia come directly from the community.

Once a nomination is submitted, the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat at Government House in Canberra conducts further research and contacts referees.

Nominations are considered by the Council for the Order of Australia which makes recommendations direct to the Governor-General.

Appointments in the Order of Australia are not made posthumously. However, a nomination will be considered if the person is alive when the nomination form is received by the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat at Government House in Canberra.

Awards in the Order of Australia are generally  announced on Australia Day (26 January) and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday (June).

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Medal design

Medal  of the Order of Australia - front

Medal of the Order of Australia - front

The design of the Medal of the Order of Australia is a badge with a gold-plated silver insignia of the Order in the centre.

The central insignia is inscribed with the word ‘Australia’ in gold capital letters. The circle also contains two gold sprigs of mimosa.

The insignia is ensigned with the Crown of St Edward.

The medal is hung from the ribbon of the Order. It is royal blue with a central band of mimosa blossoms.

Print fact sheet

The information on this page is available as a printable fact sheet.

More information

For more information on making a nomination for the Order of Australia contact:

The Secretary
Order of Australia
Government House
CANBERRA, ACT 2600
Ph: 1800 552 275

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Last Updated: 22 May, 2014