Officer of the Order of Australia
In the Australian honours system appointments to the Order of Australia confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.
The Officer of the Order of Australia is awarded for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or humanity at large.
The Order of Australia has five levels:
- Knight/Dame of the Order (AK/AD)
- Companion of the Order (AC)
- Officer of the Order (AO)
- Member of the Order (AM)
- Medal of the Order (OAM)
Recipients of the Order of Australia are from many fields of endeavour and all walks of life.
Emeritus Professor Kwong Lee Dow AO was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012 for distinguished service to education in Australia as an administrator, scholar and contributor to major curriculum reforms, through executive roles with education advisory bodies, and to the community.
Broadcaster Geraldine Doogue AO was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2003 for distinguished service to the community and the media on issues involving ethics, values, religion and social change.
Jimmy Little AO was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the entertainment industry and for his contribution to reconciliation.
Search the Australian Honours List for past recipients of the Officer of the Order of Australia.
The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens.
Except for Knights 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).
The medal of the Officer of the Order of Australia is a badge with a gold-plated silver insignia of the Order in the centre.
The central insignia is circled with blue enamel edged in gold and 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.
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For more information on making a nomination for the Order of Australia contact:
Order of Australia
CANBERRA, ACT 2600
Ph: 1800 552 275