Member of the Order of Australia

Significance

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

The Member of the Order of Australia is awarded for service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group.

The Order of Australia has four levels:

Past recipients

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

Veronica Dobson AM was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for her service to the Indigenous community as an Arrente elder and traditional owner, as a linguist, naturalist and ecologist, and to the preservation of Aboriginal language and culture in central Australia.

Ron Russell AM was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his services to engineering and dedication to the welfare of the Hunter community in New South Wales.

Dr Dorothy Herbert AM was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999 for her service to rural medicine through the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and to aviation through the Australian Women Pilot’s Association.

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

View the numbers awarded for the Member 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.

Nominations to the Order of Australia come directly from the community: either individuals or groups. Anyone can nominate a fellow Australian for an award.

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.

The 19-member Council for the Order of Australia then considers the nominations. The Council makes its recommendations, independent of government, direct to the Governor-General.

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

See also:

Medal design

Member of the Order of Australia - front

Member of the Order of Australia - front

The medal of the Member 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 in full colour.

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: 21 June, 2013