Honours and awards

Honours and Awards recognise the service of current and former members of the Australian Federal Police and other jurisdictional police. Members of the AFP may be recognised through Australian Honours and Awards, Foreign Awards, AFP Internal Awards, ACT Government Honours and Awards, other jurisdictions, and International Organisations. You can find more National Awards information on the It's an honour website.

Awards at this level are recognised in two forms and are administered by Government House. The first being nominations and the second being service. Nominated awards pertinent to AFP will include:

  • Orders of Australia
  • Bravery Decorations
  • Public Service Medal
  • Australian Police Medal

National Awards that AFP members may be recognised for include:

Police Overseas Service Medal (POSM)

Police Overseas Service Medal (POSM)Instituted in 25 April 1991 and awarded to members of Australian police forces, serving on peacekeeping missions under the auspices of the United Nations in areas of conflict and unrest or on a prescribed peacekeeping operation.

Applications for the Police Overseas Service Medal can be found here. Although the majority of awards will be processed by the Recognition & Awards Team, it is highly recommended you take the time to submit a form when you believe you are entitled to ensure your recognition.

Examples include but are not limited to: Cyprus, Timor Leste, Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

Do you think you are entitled to this medal? Visit the Application forms page.

Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (HOSM)

Instituted on 16 April 1999 and awarded to civilians and service personnel who have provided humanitarian service overseas.

Examples include but are not limited to: Christchurch (earthquake) and Samoa (tsunami).

Do you think you are entitled to this medal? Visit the Application forms page.

National Emergency Medal (NEM)

The National Emergency Medal was established in 2011 to complement the Humanitarian Overseas Medal, by covering emergency assistance within Australia.

Awarded to members of relevant organisations or individuals who rendered sustained service during specified dates in specified places in response to nationally-significant emergencies within Australia; or to other persons who rendered significant service in response to such emergencies.

Examples include but are not limited to: Victorian Bushfires 2009, Queensland Floods 2010-2011.

Do you think you are entitled to this medal? Visit the Application forms page.

National Police Service Medal (NPSM)

Instituted March 2011 the National Police Service Medal (NPSM) is awarded to sworn police officers that were serving on or after 14 February 1975 and have given at least 15 years of ethical and diligent service.

The NPSM is not a medal for long service and is not a time qualification award. The National Medal fits that category. Instead, the NPSM is for members who, at the 15-year mark have exhibited ethical and diligent service in their career and they may then be considered for the award.

The NPSM may be cancelled if the member does not continue to uphold these requirements.

The award may also be presented posthumously before the period of 15 years is reached, if death is a result of police service.

Current AFP sworn members can find the form relevant for application of this medal on AFP Forms. Although the majority of awards will be processed by the Recognition & Awards Team, it is highly recommended you take the time to submit a form when you believe you are entitled to ensure your recognition.

Former members who wish to apply for this award can find the form on the Applications forms page.

Any members (current or former) with less than 20 years of service will be placed on a waitlist as per instruction from Government House. This is beyond our control and it is not possible to indicate when this award will be struck for those who have served less than 20 years.

National Medal

Instituted in 1975, the medal was designed to recognise 15 years of uniformed service to the Nation, allowing for the recipient to have qualifying time in more than one service.

Applications for the National Medal can be found here. Although the majority of awards will be processed by the Recognition & Awards Team, it is highly recommended you take the time to submit a form when you believe you are entitled to ensure your recognition.

Do you think you are entitled to this medal? Visit the Application forms page.

ACT Government Awards

As part of state or territory recognition the ACT Government has three relevant awards pertinent to recognising the service of our AFP and ACT members.

ACT Community Protection Medal

Instituted in 2002 and awarded for sustained, distinguished or outstanding service to the ACT community through their involvement in the ACT Emergency Services.

A maximum of 5 medals per year are awarded via nomination. One each to the Australian Federal Police, ACT Fire Brigade, ACT Ambulance Service, The ACT police and the ACT State Emergency Service.

ACT Emergency Medal

Instituted in 2004 by the government of the ACT and awarded to uniformed members of the Australian Federal Police, ACT Fire Brigade, ACT Ambulance Service, ACT State Emergency Service and members of the New South Wales Police Force, largely from the Monaro Local Area Command, for their acts of courage and dedication to the Canberra community during the January 2003 bushfires.

To qualify for this award members are required to have undertaken at least 8 hours duty, primarily involved in the suppression of the bushfires or evacuation and protection of the community and, displayed professionalism and dedication to duty, during the period 8 January to 19 January 2003.

ACT Community Policing Medal

Instituted in 2001 and backdated to 6th of December 1988 (the first day of self-government of the ACT), this medal is awarded to celebrate the often unrecognised achievements and dedication of the men and women who have sworn to protect the community and to help people in times of distress or trauma.

Applications for the ACT Community Policing Medal can be found here. Although the majority of awards will be processed by the Recognition & Awards Team, it is highly recommended you take the time to submit a form when you believe you are entitled to ensure your recognition.

A medal is issued for 10 years of service to the ACT Policing for sworn members. Clasps are issued at 20 years of service to the ACT.

Other Jurisdiction and/or Australian Organisation Awards

Most are pre approved for wear but please contact Recognition & Awards to have them included on your record, to avoid any future issues

Foreign Awards

The process for approving and wearing foreign awards is now part of an evolving electronic schedule. If an award you have received from a foreign country is listed then it already has pre approval to be worn. However you still need to notify Recognition & Awards who will forward your details to Government House for your name to be placed on the mandatory foreign award recipient list. Failure to have your name included on this list will exclude the recipient from wearing the award on any uniform. Any award not on the schedule requires you to contact Recognition & Awards to apply for inclusion on to the schedule.

Please note United Nations (UN), North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and Multinational Forces Observers (MFO) Awards are not listed on the schedule, but are pre approved.

AFP Internal Awards Framework

Visit the AFP Internal Awards Framework page for more information.

National Security Hotline

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