The National Medal recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary organisations that risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster.
This includes government organisations such as ambulance, correctional, emergency, fire and police forces, and voluntary organisations such as lifesaving or search and rescue groups.
The National Medal is Australia's most awarded civilian medal. It recognises and celebrates the sustained service (either paid or volunteer) of outstanding Australians.
Only approved organisations can recommend someone for the National Medal. For those organisations, the template is available here. If there are any questions, contact the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat.
- Regulations (including how recommendations are made, definitions of eligible service, service organisations - both government and volunteer, an outline of the process to add an eligible organisation, cancel and restore awards).
- National Medal (Approved Government Organisations) Determination 2019 (identifying eligible government organisations).
- National Medal (Approved Volunteer Organisations) Determination 2019 (identifying eligible volunteer organisations).