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National Emergency Medal

National Emergency MedalBushfires 2019-20 responders now eligible for the 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 National Emergency Medal Booklet can be found here.

The below emergencies have been declared nationally significant for the purposes of the National Emergency Medal:

  • 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;
  • Tropical Cyclone Debbie 2017; 
  • the floods that happened in North Queensland in January and February 2019; and
  • the bushfires that happened in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia or the Australian Capital Territory between September 2019 and February 2020.

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.

Members:
  • Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM (Chair)
  • Mr Rob Cameron OAM
  • Ms Andrea Heath
  • Mr John Reid PSM
  • (Vacant)