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Australian Honours and Awards

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Australian Honours and Awards recognise the outstanding service and contributions of Australians.

Recipients come from right across the country and from all walks of life. While some well-known people receive awards, many more are known only to those they help and serve day-in-day-out. All recipients are worthy of recognition and celebration.

Official portrait of His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)

“The Australian Honours and Awards system provides the people of Australia the opportunity to recognise and say 'thank you' to those whose efforts make our communities and our nation a better place.

"Through the Order of Australia, Bravery Decorations and other awards we recognise and celebrate outstanding Australians - ordinary people who do extraordinary things for their local community and for Australia.

"Perhaps the best part of the Australian system is that it is 100% nomination based. All people that receive awards have been nominated by their peers. This means that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from or whether you’re known to millions or just a few. If you have constantly put others ahead of yourself, served tirelessly and made a difference you can be nominated and recognised by a grateful nation."

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)

Any Australian can nominate someone for an award. Nominations are assessed by the Honours and Awards Secretariat, considered by the Council of the Order of Australia before recommendations are made to the Governor-General.

The Australian Honours and Awards system includes:

Recent Order of Australia lists

Order of Australia announcements are made on Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday.

The easiest way to find someone that has been recognised with an award is to search this database. All Honours, going back to 1975 are included in the database and there are options to perform a simple search based on name, announcement or medal/award type or an advanced search which searches all the database fields in any combination. 

How to nominate someone for an award

Anyone can nominate someone to be recognised through the Order of Australia.

To complete a nomination you will need:

  • Their name, age and contact details
  • To explain why they are deserving of award, including details of their actions of service
  • To provide details of up to four referees to support the nomination.