AFP Service Medal

  • Obverse side
    Obverse side
  • Reverse side
    Reverse side

The AFP Service Medal is awarded to individuals for ten years cumulative and diligent service from 19 October 1979.

The AFP Service Medal is awarded to individuals who have completed:

  • a cumulative total of ten years Qualifying service with the AFP from 19 October 1979; or
  • a cumulative total of ten years Qualifying service with both the AFP and the APS, if the employee was serving on 1 July 2004.

At the 20 year point, an antique bronze clasp is awarded. Further clasps are then awarded for 25, 30, 35 and 40 years’ service.


The AFP Service Medal is ensigned with St Edward’s Crown. The obverse bears the AFP platypus symbol, facing to the left 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 FOR SERVICE’. The reverse bears a wreath of wattle at the bottom and space in the centre to engrave the recipient’s name.

The ribbon has a central blue stripe representing the traditional colour of police and is flanked by two white stripes symbolising integrity, these are flanked on either side with wide dark blue stripe representing the Australian Capital Territory, home of the AFP headquarters.


For AFP employees, this medal is automatically processed for issue by AFP Honours and Awards when all eligibility criteria are met. There is no need to apply.

For former AFP employees who wish to apply for the medal, complete the application form and send it to AFP Honours and Awards.

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