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Recognition in Defence


Employee reward and recognition is a fundamental component of Performance Management in Defence, acknowledging positive behaviour, supports a high-performance culture. Employees who feel valued, encouraged and appreciated for their work are more likely to be engaged, contribute effectively, and perform highly in their roles.

Employee recognition reinforces and rewards the actions and behaviours that are valued in Defence, acknowledges and honours the positive contributions an employee makes to their team and the organisation, and ensures Defence employees know that they are appreciated.

Performance by Australian Public Service (APS) employees in Defence is formally recognised through the Performance Feedback and Development Scheme (PFADS) performance rating. A performance rating is a formal acknowledgement of the performance that an individual has achieved throughout the performance cycle. Defence APS employees who achieve Performance ratings of ‘Fully Effective’ or above, and satisfy the eligibility criteria, are recognised through performance progression, as outlined in the Performance Progression policy.

It’s important you know you’re appreciated in Defence. We want you to feel valued, encouraged and appreciated so you are more likely to be engaged, contribute effectively in your role. One of the key ways we ensure this is achieved is through recognition of your positive contributions to your team and the organisation.

There are several ways to be formally recognised in Defence beyond yearly performance cycle, all of which acknowledge employee excellence, achievement, and outstanding service and meritorious service. Below are a few of the awards you may receive in your career with Defence.

Formal Defence Awards


Formal awards are celebrated in Defence with events. You will often find the awards displayed on the desks of your colleagues who have received them, they’re a real point of pride in our workplace.

The Australia Day Medallion recognises publicly significant contributions to Defence in the last 12 months or outstanding service over a number of years where the contribution has not been recognised through other awards. The medallions may be presented to employees in conjunction with Australia Day celebrations.

The Australian System of Honours and Awards is a means by which outstanding service and achievement by APS employees can be formally and publically recognised.

The Secretary’s Award for Long Service provides appreciation of a Defence APS employee's completion of a long period of Australian Government service.

For detailed information on how to receive and nominate for the above awards you can visit Defence Honours and Awards Defence Honours and Awards

Here are some awardees receiving Defence Awards, you will find more in the Defence image library

Group of people receiving a Defence Award recipient with his award in collaborative partnerships
Group of people receiving a WHS Award recipient of an Australia Day Medallion
recipient receiving an award in Estate Infrastructure recipients with their award in Reserve Support
recipient receiving an award in Security Excellence recipient receiving an award for Defence outcomes