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Defence Honours & Awards

Honours and Decorations

Conspicuous Service Cross

The Conspicuous Service Cross was introduced in 1989 to recognise outstanding devotion to duty, or outstanding achievement in the application of exceptional skills, judgement or dedication, in non-warlike situations.


The medal is a nickel-silver modified Maltese cross with the arms of the Cross interspersed with fluted rays. The obverse bears a central device of the Southern Cross surrounded by a laurel wreath. 

The reverse has a horizontal panel for recipient details.


The ribbon has alternating diagonal stripes of bush green and sandy gold.

Further Awards

A further award is denoted by a nickel-silver bar with a central replica of the Cross flanked by laurel leaves.

Conspicuous Service Cross - Bar - Click to open high resolution version in new window

When the ribbon is worn alone, the award of a bar is indicated by a ribbon bar emblem in the form of the Cross.


Recipients of the Cross are entitled to the postnominal letters ‘CSC’. Recipients of a bar add ‘and Bar’ to the postnominal.

Source Documents

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette S108 of 7 May 1990 (Letters Patent and Regulations) [PDF] [Word]


The nomination procedure is detailed in Chapter 12 Annex A of the Defence Honours and Awards Manual.

Conspicuous Service Cross - Obverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

Conspicuous Service Cross - Reverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

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