AFP Internal Awards Framework

AFP Internal Awards can be divided into two sections:

  • Nominated awards are referred to as Commissioner's Honours and Awards for Recognition. These are announced on Foundation Day October 19 each year.
  • Other awards are service awards

Commissioner's Awards Foundation Day Honours (Nominated)

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 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 in overseas service 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 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.

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. The design, much like the Northern Territory version, deviates from the standard design used on the State Diligent Service Medals. The ACT Service Medal follows the internal theme using the Platypus.

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

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