Nominating or Applying for Awards
Australians become recipients of each of the 55 different types of Australian awards and honours through one of two separate processes; by nomination or by application.
Members of the public, or a community group, may nominate individuals for the Order of Australia and Australian Bravery Decorations. Meritorious Service Awards are based on nominations from a specific organisation. The Department of Defence also nominates individuals for a range of service decorations.
For more information about the individual awards in these categories and who is eligible go to Nominating for Awards.
Many honours or awards are based on an application by the recipient or a recommendation on their behalf. These are generally awarded to defence force and police personnel for operational service or to other individuals for special civilian services recognised by the Australian Government.
Australian Defence Force members who were offered US, South Vietnamese or Cambodian military awards during the Vietnam War can obtain permission to accept and wear those awards by completing an application form and sending it to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for processing. If all requirements are met, the Governor-General’s approval to accept and wear the award is sought by the government on the applicant’s behalf.
For more information about the individual awards in these categories and who is eligible go to Applying for Awards.