Australian Honours System

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Like nearly every other country in the world, Australia has a system of honours and awards so its citizens can be recognised for excellence, achievement or meritorious service.

AFP employees may be recognised through the Australian Honours System. Awards may include those within:

Order of Australia

In the Australian honours system appointments to the Order of Australia confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.

Companion of the order (AC)

For more information see: Its an Honour - Order of Australia

Australian Bravery Decorations

Australian Bravery Decorations recognise acts of bravery by members of the community. They selflessly put themselves in jeopardy to protect the lives or property of others.

Bravery Medal (BM)

For more information see: Its an Honour - Bravery

Meritorious Service Awards

Public Service Medal

The Public Service Medal recognises outstanding service by employees of the Australian Government and state, territory and local government employees. ‘Outstanding service’ could be shown through:

  • service excellence to the public, or to external or internal clients;
  • innovation in programme, project or policy development;
  • leadership, including as a member of a team; or
  • the achievement of more efficient processes, improved productivity or better service delivery.

Public Service Medal

For more information see: Its an Honour - public service medal

Australian Police Medal

The Australian Police Medal is awarded for distinguished service by a member of an Australian police force.

Australian Police Medal

For more information see: Its an Honour - Australian Police medal

Service Awards

Police Overseas Service Medal

The Police Overseas Service Medal (POSM) recognises service by officers of Australian police forces with international peace-keeping and capacity-building organisations.

The medal is also available to Australian police on duty in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea (TPNG), or other Australians engaged with the Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) as patrol or regular officers between 1949-1973.

How to Apply

To apply, download the POSM_TPNG Information Guide (PDF 65KB) and POSM_TPNG Application Form (PDF 70KB) and submit as directed on the form.

Posthumous applications

Where needed posthumous applications are invited from legal beneficiaries via the same form available above.

Further enquiries can be directed to [email protected].

Police Overseas Service Medal

For more information see: It's an Honour – Police Overseas Service Medal.

Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal

The Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal honours members of recognised Australian groups for emergency humanitarian service overseas in hazardous circumstances.

Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal

For more information see: Its an Honour - Humanitarian overseas service medal

Long Service Awards

National Medal

The National Medal recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised organisations that help the community during times of crisis.

National Medal

For more information see: Its an Honour - National medal

Nominations for Awards

Information on nominating for an award within the Order of Australia or the Australian Bravery Decorations can be found on the It's an Honour website

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Honours and Awards, Ceremonial Events and Customs and Traditions Recognition and Ceremonial Team
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