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Defence Honours & Awards

Australian Awards

National Emergency Medal

The National Emergency Medal was approved in October 2011 for award to members of eligible organisations or individuals who rendered qualifying service in response to nationally significant emergencies within Australia.


The medal is administered by the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat at Government House which provides a Secretariat to the National Emergency Medal Committee.


The following clasps have been issued for the medal:

  • VIC FIRES 09
  • QLD 2010-11

Source Documents

Letters Patent and Regulations (Gazette S169) of 28 October 2011 [PDF] [Word]

Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-2020

See National Emergency Medal Fact Sheet [PDF].

Further Information

Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat


Application / Nomination forms for VIC FIRES 09 and QLD 2010-11 are available from Forms are to be submitted to

Until a Declaration has been published, Defence will not be accepting any applications for Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-2020 and cannot provide further information on eligibility or application process. In the interim all members should ensure that their Op Logs and Activity Logs are complete and correct. This information will be used to identify eligible members.

All enquiries are to be directed to:

Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat
Government House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone: 02 6283 3604

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