National Emergency Medal
Did you render service in a declared nationally-significant emergency, such as the Bushfires 2019-20? Apply for the National Emergency Medal
The National Emergency Medal is awarded to persons who rendered sustained service during specific dates in response to the nationally-significant emergencies in specified places within Australia; or to other persons who rendered significant service in response to such emergencies.
The below emergencies have been declared nationally-significant for the purposes of the National Emergency Medal:
- Bushfires 2019-20
- North Queensland Floods 2019
- Tropical Cyclone Debbie 2017
- Queensland Floods 2010-11 and Cyclone Yasi
- Victorian Bushfires 2009
For information about eligibility, how to apply on behalf of an organisation or as a private citizen, the processing of applications, notification of outcome, and emergency and service declarations, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Award of the Medal
The National Emergency Medal Regulations 2011 were approved by Her Majesty The Queen in October 2011. 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. Applications 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.
Sustained service is awarded to those who have rendered sustained service in the declared nationally-significant emergency for the purpose of the Medal. The criteria for sustained service stipulates what constitutes ‘sustained service’ for each emergency and is determined by the National Emergency Medal Committee, in considering advice from relevant organisations and jurisdictions.
Significant service is awarded to those who rendered significant service in the nationally-significant emergency. The significant service criteria stipulates that the service must be extraordinary. The Committee considers each nomination on a case-by-case basis before making a recommendation to the Governor-General. Applicants do not need to meet the sustained service criteria to be eligible to apply for significant service (e.g. minimum duration of service, eligible dates of service).