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Meritorious Service Awards

Meritorious Awards recognise outstanding and distinguished service by public servants, members of an Australian police force, fire, ambulance or emergency services or in connection with the Australian Antarctic Division.

The Governor-General makes these awards on the recommendation of the responsible Ministers. Members of the public cannot nominate someone for a Meritorious Award.

Awards are announced on Australia Day and The Queen's Birthday weekend in June. The Australian Antarctic Medal is announced on 21 June.

Public Service Medal
The Public Service Medal (PSM) recognises public service employees, including those of the Australian Government and state, territory and local governments who have given outstanding public service.
Australian Police Medal
The Australian Police Medal (APM) recognises distinguished service by a member of an Australian police force.
Australian Fire Service Medal
The Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) recognises distinguished service by a member of an Australian fire service. It is awarded to paid and volunteer members.
The Ambulance Service Medal
The Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) recognises distinguished service as a member of an Australian ambulance service.
Emergency Service Medal
The Emergency Services Medal (ESM) recognises distinguished service as a member of an Australian emergency service and people who are involved in emergency management, training or education.
Australian Corrections Medal
The Australian Corrections Medal (ACM) recognises distinguished service by an operational member of the an Australian state or territory civilian corrections service for adults.
Australian Antarctic Medal
The Australian Antarctic Medal (AAM) - is awarded for outstanding service in scientific research or exploration, or in support of such work, in the course of, or in connection with an Australian Antarctic expedition.

Details

More detail is available in the Meritorious Service Awards booklet. The book includes:

  • Letters Patent and regulations
  • images and descriptions of what each award looks like; and
  • guidance on how decorations are worn.

Click here to review the regulations for the Australian Corrections Medal.