The Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat is located at Government House and was first established within the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General in 1975 when a distinctive Australian honours system was instituted. Its role is to provide the support necessary for the Governor-General to carry out his/her responsibilities relating to the independent administration of the Australian honours system.
The Secretariat also serves the Council for the Order of Australia and the Australian Bravery Decorations Council which consider nominations and make recommendations for awards to the Governor-General. The Official Secretary to the Governor-General, Mr Stephen Brady, is the appointed Secretary of the Order of Australia. The person holding this position is also Secretary of the Australian Bravery Decorations Council. more>
Nomination process for Order of Australia and Bravery decorations.
Nomination forms and guidelines on how to prepare your nomination are available from the Honours Secretariat. more>
Professor Jill Ker Conway has been recommended and approved to receive Australia's highest civilian honour.
The Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat has now been informed that Professor Ker Conway does not currently hold Australian citizenship. The Constitution of the Order of Australia allows for non-Australian citizens to be recognised at the same level as Australian citizens. As such, the Administrator was pleased, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, to approve Professor Ker Conway’s appointment as an honorary Companion of the Order of Australia.
Date: Wednesday 12th June 2013