Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal

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The Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal is awarded to members who have given humanitarian service in hazardous circumstances outside Australia.

The Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal is presented to those who perform humanitarian service in a foreign country, in particular those working in dangerous environments or conditions or during a humanitarian crisis.

The award of the medal includes a clasp to denote the area of prescribed service.

Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal clasps
Clasp Eligibility dates Qualifying service
Afghanistan 8 December 1979 - present 30 days
Balkans 21 February 1992 - present 30 days
24 March 1999 - present
British Columbia 3 August 2009 – 6 September 2009 14 days
Cambodia 1 July 1979 - 31 December 1993 30 days
Christchurch 22 February 2011 - 26 May 2011 14 days
East Timor 1 June 1999 - 19 May 2002 30 days
Great Lakes 1 May 1994 - present 30 days
Haiti 12 January 2010 - 15 March 2010 14 days
Indian Ocean 26 December 2004 - 8 January 2005 7 days
26 December 2004 - 12 February 2005 14 days
28 March 2005 - 18 April 2005 7 days
Iraq 20 March 2003 - present 30 days
Japan 11 March 2011 - 27 May 2011 14 days
Mozambique 10 October 1985 - 31 January 1995 30 days
Nepal 25 April 2015 – 22 June 2015 10 days
Northern Iraq 1 February 1991 - 31 May 1995 30 days
Pakistan 8 October 2005 - 8 November 2005 14 days
8 October 2006 - 31 May 2006 30 days
Pakistan II 6 August 2010 - 8 November 2010 14 days
Philippines 8 November 2013 – 16 December 2013 14 days
Samoa 29 September 2009 - 10 October 2009 7 days
Somalia 1 March 1992 - 23 May 1996 30 days
South Sudan 23 May 1992 - present 30 days
South Vietnam 29 May 1964 - 30 April 1975 30 days
Ukraine 17 July 2014 - present 14 days in conflict zone (Zone 2) Ukraine;
14 days Disaster Victim Identification operation (Zone 3) The Netherlands.
Vanuatu 13 March 2015 – 1 April 2015 10 days
West Africa 1 March 2014 – 29 March 2016 30 days

For AFP employees, this medal and clasp 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, complete the application form and send it to AFP Honours and Awards.

Learn more about this award (Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia website).

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