Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-2020
6 February 2020
6 February 2020
25 November 2019
On 30 January 2019, the former Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) declared a further three natural disaster operations in which the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal can be awarded. Both current and former Defence members are eligible for recognition under the following two operations:
Current members are not required to submit an application. Medals will be dispatched to the address listed on PMKeyS. Ex-serving members and the families and next-of-kin of eligible deceased members do need to apply and can do so via the application form.
15 November 2019
The Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) – Special Operations recognises the service of Australian Defence Force members on special operations as declared by the Chief of the Defence Force from 1 November 2019.
25 July 2019
The resilience and bravery displayed by Australian Service Contingents 1 and 2 during one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the 20th century is exemplary.
Australian Service Contingents 1 and 2 are being awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation for their service during Operation TAMAR between the dates of 25 July 1994 and 8 March 1996. Link to Meritorious Unit Citation page.
27 August 2018
The awarding of the Commendation for Gallantry to 28 servicemen who were killed while escaping or following recapture during World War II has been approved by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).
4 June 2018
The extraordinary gallantry displayed by members of RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam in South Vietnam from October 1967 to June 1971 is being recognised by the Unit Citation for Gallantry.
Veterans who served with RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam in the period from 1 October 1967 to 8 June 1971 are entitled to wear the Citation insignia with Federation Star. Link to page.
14 May 2018
The extraordinary gallantry displayed by members of the 1st Australian Task Force (Forward) and associated units deployed to Area of Operations SURFERS during the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral is being recognised by the Unit Citation for Gallantry.
Veterans who served in the cited units during the Battles are entitled to wear the Citation insignia with Federation Star. Link to page.
31 October 2017
The Republic of Korea War Service Medal was introduced by South Korea in 1951 to recognise the assistance provided by members of the United Nations forces in combatting communist aggressions in Korea. Link to page.
17 July 2017
Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has welcomed the Governor-General’s approval of posthumous awarding of gallantry medals for three servicemen for their actions during World War I and World War II. Link to page.
8 June 2017
The Australian Defence Force is the first defence force in the world to implement recognition of Military Working Dogs. The Canine Operational Service Medal recognises the contribution Military Working Dogs make whilst serving on operations. The Medal forms part of Defence's internal recognition scheme and is not part of the Australian Honours and Awards System. Link to Canine Operational Service Medal page.
The Official 2017 Commemorative Coin Collection 'Legends of the ANZAC - Medals of Honour' is a promotion managed by News Corp Australia metropolitan, regional and News Regional Media newspapers.
The commemorative coin collection is a partnership between the Royal Australian Mint and News Corp Australia to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac. The coin collection features 14 coins that highlight a variety of decorations, campaign and service medals awarded to Australians over the past 100 years.
The ANZAC Coin Collection is available from participating newsagents only from 8-23 April 2017 (excluding Good Friday on 14 April).
The Directorate of Honours and Awards does not hold stock of the commemorative coins.
The palm on the Citation is bronze, rather than gold, and previously issued citation devices are incorrect. Personnel wishing to obtain the bronze palm device should return their existing device for replacement. Link to Citation page.
The Gazette announcing the honorary award, the Public Service Medal, the Australian Police Medal and the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal was made public 17 July 2015:
109 recipients have been awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for their service during the immediate aftermath of the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the Ukraine in 2014.
The Regulations for the Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) – Greater Middle East Operation and the AOSM (Civilian) with Clasp 'G.M.E. OPS' have now been amended to recognise service on Operations OKRA and HIGHROAD.
The Army Remembrance Pin, a gift from the Chief of Army, is a symbol for the families of all Army members who have died while in service, both domestically and on operations, since 3 September 1945. Link to page.
Australian Civilian Personnel who served afloat with the United States Army Small Ships Section between 8 December 1941 and 2 September 1945 may be eiligible for the:
The Clasp 'BOMBER COMMAND' to the 1939-45 Star is administered by DH&A on behalf of the UK Government. The clasp is awarded to RAAF personnel who served with UK-based Bomber Command squadrons during World War 2. Upon receipt of an application, assessment for eligibility is completed and details of successful applicants are forwarded to the UK Ministry of Defence. The UK Government then initiate delivery of clasps to DH&A in Australia, for dispatch to those recipients.
The men listed below have been posthumously approved for the award of the Commendation for Gallantry for their service during World War II and to date their award has not been claimed. If you are related to any of these men, or know of someone who may be related, please contact the Directorate of Honours and Awards.