skip to navigation skip to content skip to footer

Defence Honours & Awards

Australian Awards

Afghanistan Medal

The Afghanistan Medal was introduced in 2004 to recognise Australian involvement in military operations in Afghanistan and other prescribed areas within Operation SLIPPER. The basic eligibility requirement is 30 days service or 30 sorties in the prescribed area after 11 October 2001.


The medal is cupro-nickel with the Australian Coat of Arms on the obverse.

The reverse shows a portion of a snow-capped mountain range with a multi-rayed sun rising behind the mountains. The mountains represent the dominant terrain of the country and the rising sun represents a ‘new dawn’ for the nation. The word ‘Afghanistan’ appears around the central device on the flan in English and in the Arabic script.


The ribbon is khaki representing the dominant ground colour of the terrain, edged with light blue and white stripes representing the sky above the mountains and the snow on the mountain peaks with central stripes of purple and red representing the ADF and the conflict in Afghanistan.

Source Documents

Letters Patent and Regulations (Gazette S422) of 22 October 2004 [PDF] [Word]

Afghanistan Medal Instrument 2015 [PDF]

Honours and Awards Manual

Chapter 23 Campaign Awards Post 1975


Apply for campaign and service awards

Afghanistan Medal - Obverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

Afghanistan Medal - Reverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

Click image for full resolution