AFP Internal Awards Framework

AFP Internal Awards can be divided into two sections:

  • Commissioner's Honours
  • AFP Operational or Service awards

Commissioner's Honours

Commissioner’s Medallion for Tenacity and Dedication (CMTD)

Commissioner’s Medallion for Tenacity and Dedication (CMTD)The Commissioner’s Medallion for Tenacity and Dedication is awarded at the discretion of the Commissioner to recognise those who have provided a sustained, dedicated and outstanding contribution to the AFP.

To complement the Commissioners Medallion, a miniature lapel pin is provided for wear in civilian clothes and a citation for wear in uniform.

The Commissioner’s Medallion for Tenacity and Dedication features the AFP platypus symbol, on a blue background, in the centre of the 70mm medallion. Around the rim is a ribbon of Sillitoe tartan with the text ‘TENACITY’ and ‘DEDICATION’ on a black background at top and bottom respectively. The reverse features an AFP badge in the centre of the medallion. The rim contains the text ‘AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE’ and ‘NULLI SECUNDUS’ at the top and bottom respectively.

The citation features a navy blue ribbon with the AFP platypus symbol in the centre surrounded by a silver coloured frame bearing the text ‘AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE’ and ‘TENACITY AND DEDICATION’ at the top and bottom respectively.

The lapel pin features the AFP platypus symbol, on a blue background, in the centre of the medallion. Around the rim is the text ‘COMMISSIONER’S MEDALLION FOR TENACITY AND DEDICATION’.

AFP Partnership Medal (AFPPARTM)

AFP Partnership Medal (AFPPARTM)The AFP Partnership Medal is awarded to members of external agencies who have provided a significant contribution to the AFP and its operations. A group citation may also be awarded to groups who fulfil the same criteria.

The AFP Partnership Medal obverse has the AFP platypus symbol and the Southern Cross at centre. Around the rim is the text ‘AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE’ and ‘PARTNERSHIP’. The medal is surmounted by the St Edward’s Crown symbolising the royal authority of Queen Elizabeth II in the Commonwealth. The reverse has a wreath of wattle, a plant which is known to survive drought, flood and adverse climatic conditions, which represents the resilience of the AFP workforce. The reverse has space in the centre to engrave the recipient’s name.

The ribbon features stripes in blue to represent the AFP, green and yellow to represent Australia and the sillitoe tartan representing police forces around the world.

Awards are made at the discretion of the Commissioner.

AFP Bravery Medal (AFPBM)

AFP Bravery Medal (AFPBM)Awarded when that member has performed in the discharge of his or her duty an act of bravery of a high order whereby the member placed themselves at substantial risk of personal injury.

The award will be considered to any member (sworn or un-sworn) within the AFP who in the course of their duty or, whilst on service as an employee or, attached to the organisation, and performs an act sufficient to warrant recommendation of the award. The medal may also be awarded at the Commissioners discretion where extenuating or mitigating circumstances exist.

Commissioner's Medal for Excellence (CME)

Commissioner's Medal for Excellence (CME)Awarded for excellence by individuals or an identified group in pursuit of the AFP's core business outcomes and encompassing corporate values to the highest levels.

The medal may be awarded to an employee if the employee has demonstrated through the application to their duties, work requirements, mission, operation, or role within the AFP, excellence as an individual or within an identified group in the pursuit of the AFP's core business outcomes and encompassing corporate values to the highest level.

Commissioner’s Medal for Innovation (CMI)

Commissioner’s Medal for Innovation (CMI)The Commissioner’s Medal for Innovation is awarded for outstanding innovation by employees in pursuit of the AFP’s core business outcomes and encompassing corporate values to the highest level.

The Commissioner’s Medal for Innovation is a circular antique bronze medal suspended from a pivoting scroll ribbon with a laurel suspension bar. The obverse depicts a stylised indigenous x-ray image of the AFP platypus symbol. Around the rim is the text ’COMMISSIONER’S MEDAL FOR INNOVATION’. The reverse depicts a simplified outer wreath of laurel leaves.

The medal ribbon has three thin central stipes of dark blue representing police, flanked by four thin stripes of white, representing integrity and peace. The outer light blue represents the AFP uniform worn by police.

Commissioner's Medal for Conspicuous Conduct (CMCC)

Commissioner's Medal for Conspicuous Conduct (CMCC)Awarded when that member has demonstrated outstanding dedication to duty in circumstances demanding tenacity of a high order.

The medal may be awarded to an employee if the employee has demonstrated outstanding dedication to duty in circumstances demanding tenacity of a high order through the application to their duties, work requirements, mission, operation, or role within the AFP.

Commissioner's Commendation for Hazardous Service (CCHS)

Commissioner's Commendation for Hazardous Overseas Service (CCHOS)Awarded for devotion to duty whilst operating in hazardous circumstances and/or environments.

The Commendation may be awarded to an employee if the employee has demonstrated devotion to duty whilst operating in hazardous circumstances and/or environments, whilst undertaking core business and adhering to the corporate values of the AFP through the application to their duties, work requirements, mission, operation, or role within the AFP.

Commissioner's Group Citation for Bravery (CGCB)

Commissioner's Group Citation for Bravery (CGCB)Awarded when the members involved performed in the discharge of their duties, acts of collective bravery of a high order whereby the members consciously placed themselves at substantial risk of injury.

Following the same criteria as the AFP Bravery Medal, this award is presented to a collective team or group who were involved in a rescue or act of bravery. The team or group involved each receive a silver framed ribbon as illustrated. Each member also receives a written citation and embossed certificate, along with a miniature version of the award for wear on occasions where miniatures are required.

If in the event a member is awarded the commendation on a second/further occasion, a new citation with a silver numeral applicable to the issue occasion along with a relevant certificate is awarded, detailing the subsequent incident.

The award is worn above the nameplate on the right side and in order of precedence from left to right.

Commissioner’s Group Citation for Innovation (CGCI)

Commissioner’s Group Citation for Innovation (CGCI)The Commissioner’s Group Citation for Innovation is awarded to groups who have demonstrated excellence through innovation in the pursuit of the AFP's core business outcomes and encompassing corporate values to the highest level.

The citation is antique bronze coloured metal frame with a blue, white and purple striped ribbon. The medal ribbon has three thin central stripes of dark blue representing police, flanked by four thin stripes of white, representing integrity and peace. The outer light blue represents the AFP uniform worn by police and purple represents innovation.

Commissioner's Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct (CGCCC)

Commissioner's Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct (CGCCC)Awarded when the members involved have demonstrated a collective outstanding dedication to duty in circumstances demanding tenacity of a high order. Examples include: Members involved in South Australia's largest heroin bust in 2005, a $4.3 million fraud investigation and investigation of online child exploitation, and Members involved in a major AFP drug operations between 2002–2005.

Following the same criteria as the Commendation for Conspicuous Conduct, this award is presented to a collective team or group who were involved in a joint event. The team or group involved each receive a silver framed ribbon as illustrated. Each member also receives a written citation and embossed certificate, along with a miniature version of the award for wear on occasions where miniatures are required.

If in the event a member is awarded the commendation on a second/further occasion, a new citation with a silver numeral applicable to the issue occasion along with a relevant certificate is awarded, detailing the subsequent incident.

The award is worn above the nameplate on the right side and in order of precedence from left to right.

Commissioner's Group Citation for Hazardous Service (CGCHS)

Commissioner's Group Citation for Hazardous Overseas Service (CGHOS)Awarded for collective devotion to duty whilst operating in hazardous circumstances and/or environments.

Following the same criteria as the Commendation for Hazardous Service, this award is presented to a collective team or group who were involved in a joint event. The team or group involved each receive a silver framed ribbon as illustrated. Each member also receives a written citation and embossed certificate, along with a miniature version of the award for wear on occasions where miniatures are required.

If in the event a member is awarded the commendation on a second/further occasion, a new citation with a silver numeral applicable to the issue occasion along with a relevant certificate is awarded, detailing the subsequent incident.

The award is worn above the nameplate on the right side and in order of precedence from left to right.

AFP Welfare Services Medal (AFPWSM)

AFP Welfare Services MedalThe AFP Welfare Services Medal is awarded to employees who have provided a significant contribution to the welfare of and assistance to colleagues.

The AFP Welfare Medal obverse features two cupped hands supporting the AFP badge to represent the welfare support provided to the AFP. St Edward’s Crown sits atop the AFP badge symbolising the royal authority of Queen Elizabeth II in the Commonwealth. Around the rim is the text ‘AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE’ and ‘WELFARE SERVICES’. The reverse has a wreath of wattle, a plant which is known to survive drought, flood and adverse climatic conditions, which represents the resilience of the AFP workforce. The reverse has space in the centre to engrave the recipient’s name.

Purple stripes at the side of ribbon represent the support, welfare and chaplaincy holding the AFP together.  White represents the peace brought to the workforce through welfare and support, and light blue represents the AFP workforce.

Awards are made at the discretion of the Commissioner.

Operations Awards

To have an operation declared by the Commissioner, the nominator needs to apply through the National Awards and Recognition Committee (NARC) using the 'Nomination for a Group.' The completed nomination will be forwarded to the NARC Secretariat, via the Recognition and Awards Team. NARC will review the nomination, providing a recommendation to the Commissioner who will approve or decline the nomination.

The nomination must detail why the operation should be regarded as significant to the AFP, and include proposed eligibility criteria. It is recommended that the criteria include a clause giving the relevant National Manager discretion to include a member's name on the official list of recipients. You can include supporting materials as part of the nomination but this must be limited to 3 key succinct items closely relevant to the nature of the nomination.

AFP Operations Medal

AFP Operations MedalInstituted in 2003 and awarded to AFP staff involved in a prescribed operation or activity deemed by the Commissioner to be significant.

This medal is the internal award for the AFP, presented for operations involving members and not given without a prescribed clasp detailed with the name of the relevant operation or activity. Further ongoing operations or activities will be designated when approved or required.

If in the event a member is awarded a second operational clasp, it will be attached to the ribbon in order of date of issue working up the ribbon.

When worn as a ribbon bar, there is no emblem.

The award is worn below the nameplate on the right side and in order of precedence from left to right.

Service Awards (applied for)

Australian Federal Police Service Medal (AFPSM)

Australian Federal Police Service Medal (AFPSM)Instituted in 2007 and awarded to all AFP employees for 10 years cumulative and diligent service from 19 October 1979.

The medal is finished in antique bronze and struck in one piece.

At the 20 year point, an antique bronze bar is awarded. Further clasps are then awarded for 25, 30 and 35 years.

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

Australian Federal Police Protection Medal (AFPPM)

Australian Federal Police Protection Medal (AFPPM)The AFP Protection Medal recognises ten years of diligent service as a Protective Service Officer, or as a sworn Police Officer or unsworn AFP member working in a protection capability since 2004. A clasp is awarded at twenty years of service and every five years thereafter.

The AFP Protection Medal is a circular bronze medal surmounted by the St Edward’s Crown.  The obverse features the AFP platypus symbol, facing to the left superimposed over the Roman numeral X, representing ten years’ service. The Federation Star is between the upper arms of the numeral X. Around the rim is the text ‘AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE’ and ‘PROTECTION’. The reverse bears a wreath of wattle at the bottom and space in the centre to engrave the recipient’s name.

The ribbon consists of a central blue stripe representing the traditional colour of police flanked by two white stripes symbolising integrity, blue/grey stripes symbolising uncertainty in outcome, and three gold and blue stripes representing Australia’s heraldic colours.

Employees do not have to apply for the medal. AFP Honours and Awards will issue the medals to all employees who have fulfilled the eligibility criteria.

Citations

AFP Operation Protect Citation

AFP Operation Protect CitationThe AFP Operation Protect Citation recognises the part played by the AFP in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is awarded to all AFP employees who were serving on or after 13 March 2020, until such time as the AFP response to the national pandemic response is declared to be at an end. Further recognition of employees who provided significant contributions to the operation will be made through the Commissioner’s Honours.

The colours of the citation ribbon represent the various emergency and medical services working together to combat the threat of COVID-19, which is represented by a red stripe.

The citation is framed in a bronze coloured metal with the text ‘AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE’ and ‘OPERATION PROTECT’ at the top and bottom respectively. COVID-19 symbols feature on the left and right sides of the frame.

AFP Operation Ironside Citation

AFP Operation Ironside CitationThe AFP Operation Ironside Citation commemorates the successful resolution of Operation Ironside on 8 June 2021. It is awarded to all AFP employees who contributed prior to the resolution of the operation on 8 June 2021, or who were on duty on that date. Further recognition of employees who provided significant contributions to the operation will be made through the Commissioner’s Honours.

The colours of the ribbon are the black and white Sillitoe tartan bordered by stripes of red, representing action; grey, representing the covert nature of the operation; and pale blue, representative of the AFP uniform shirt.

The citation is framed in silver coloured metal with the text ‘AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE’ and ‘OPERATION IRONSIDE at the top and bottom respectively.

AFP 40th Anniversary Citation

AFP 40th Anniversary CitationThe AFP 40th Anniversary Citation commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Australian Federal Police and celebrates the impact, achievements and successes since the AFP’s foundation in October 1979.

The AFP 40th Anniversary Citation is awarded to all AFP employees deemed eligible by the Commissioner or their delegate, who were serving between 19 October 2019 and 18 October 2020.

The citation is framed by a pewter border.  The dark blue celebrates excellence in policing.  The light blue represents the sworn members and the uniform they wear. White represents unsworn members who support sworn police on the front-line.  Red is in celebration of the AFP’s ruby anniversary.

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