National Emergency Medal

The National Emergency Medal Regulations 2011 were approved by Her Majesty The Queen in October 2011.

The National Emergency Medal was first issued in 2012. It is awarded to persons who rendered sustained service during specified dates in specified places in response to nationally-significant emergencies within Australia; or to other persons who rendered significant service in response to such emergencies.

The bushfires that happened in the State of Victoria in February 2009, the floods that happened in the State of Queensland during December 2010 and January 2011, and Cyclone Yasi have been declared nationally significant for the purposes of the National Emergency Medal.
 
Victorian Bushfires 2009
Service recognised during this nationally-significant emergency will be recognised through the clasp, ‘VIC FIRES 09’. The National Emergency Medal Committee determined the following criteria:
  • service must be in the protecting of lives and property, or in the service of interests, that are not their own, in direct response to the emergency, including support that enables or facilitates the emergency response;
  • the geographical area is the State of Victoria;
  • the qualifying period begins on 28 January 2009 and ends on 5 March 2009; and
  • the minimum duration of service that a person is required to have completed to qualify for sustained service is:
    • paid service on 14 days, including at least two days in the period beginning on 7 February 2009 and ending on 14 February 2009; or
    • unpaid service on 7 days, including at least one day in the period beginning on 7 February 2009 and ending on 14 February 2009.
Queensland Floods 2010-11 and Cyclone Yasi
Service performed during the Queensland Floods and Cyclone Yasi will be recognised though the clasp, ‘QLD 2010-11’. The National Emergency Medal Committee determined the following criteria:
  • service must be in the protection of lives and property, or in the service of interests, that are not their own, in direct response to the emergency, including support that enables or facilitates the emergency response:
  • the geographical State of Queensland;
  • the qualifying period  begins on 21 December 2010 and ends on 14 February 2011; and
  • the minimum duration of service that a person is required to have completed to qualify for sustained service is:
    • paid service on 28 days; or
    • unpaid service on 14 days.

Award of the Medal

The National Emergency Medal is administered by the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat at Government House who provides secretariat support to the National Emergency Medal Committee. Nominations for sustained or significant service may come from relevant organisations or from members of the community.

The Governor-General may approve an award for:
  • sustained service, on the recommendation of the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat.
  • significant service, on the recommendation of the National Emergency Medal Committee.
Upon receipt, nominations for significant service are researched and prepared by the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat for presentation to the National Emergency Medal Committee. The Committee considers whether the nominee’s service:
  • was part of the response efforts to the nationally-significant emergency:
  • assisted with the protection of lives and property;
  • was extraordinary.

The National Emergency Medal Committee

The independent Committee is made up of five members: two ex-officio members appointed by the Minister with responsibility for the Australian honours system, and three community members appointed on the Minister’s advice by the Governor-General.
Current members
  • The Honourable Fran Bailey (Chair)
  • Mr Mark Crosweller AFSM
  • Mr Jeffery Cree AFSM
  • Ms Philippa Lynch PSM
  • Vacant (community representative)

Contacts

If you have any further questions, or require guidance in the preparation of the nomination please contact the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat.