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Welcome to Defence Honours & Awards.

We provide medallic recognition to current serving and discharged Australian Defence Force personnel and Defence civilians. Awards are issued from the Australian and Imperial honours and awards systems from World War One to current day. We develop Defence honours and awards policy and provide advice to Government on honours and awards issues.


The relocation of the National Archives of Australia will result in limited access to records from 30 October 2016 to 1 July 2017. As a result, the Directorate of Honours and Awards will be unable to process some applications for World War 2 medals and post war medals. DH&A can request records for urgent cases such as terminally ill former serving ADF members.

We apologise for the inconvenience and encourage those to apply for medals after July 2017.

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation

The palm on the Citation is bronze, rather than gold, and previously issued citation devices are incorrect. Personnel wishing to obtain the bronze palm device should return their existing device for replacement. Link to Citation page.

Australian Operational Service Medal

Australian Operational Service Medal

The medal provides recognition to Defence personnel involved in declared operations or other service that the Chief of the Defence Force deems to be worthy of recognition

Australian Operational Service Medal

1939-45 Star with Clasp

The 1939-45 Star is awarded to those who undertook operational service during World War II

1939-45 Star with Clasp BOMBER COMMAND

Arctic Star

The Arctic Star is awarded to those who served in areas above the Arctic Circle during World War II

Arctic Star

Did you know?

Each year, DH&A:

  • process 15,000 applications,
  • dispatch 35,000 medals,
  • receive 400 Ministerial correspondence