Defence Honours & Awards is part of the Defence People Group.
The Australian Operational Service Medal – Border Protection recognises the range of border protection operations conducted since 1997. To qualify, Defence members must have been deployed or force assigned for duty as a member of a declared operation:
The following are the current declared operations and dates:
Area defined by the seas and Australian land areas, superjacent airspaces, but not foreign areas encompassed within the coordinates:
The amendments allow for Allied Foreign Defence Force members to be eligible for the medal.
The medal is a cupro-nickel medal finished in antique silver. The obverse bears an old-world stylised world globe signifying global operations, interlinked with a Federation Star. The globe is surrounded by the words ‘AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL’.
The reverse bears a central horizontal stylised scroll with the words ‘Defending Australia and its national interests’, overlaying a wreath of mimosa, above which sits an hour glass motif signifying the ongoing vigilance and timely response of Defence.
The ribbon has three equal stripes of dark blue, ochre and dark green which denote the seas and sky, the deserts and the forests and grasslands.
Instrument Amendment of 23 May 2019 [PDF]