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The Order of Australia

The Order of Australia recognises Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement.

There are four levels of award. The Order of Australia also has a Military Division (awards in this division are recommended to the Governor-General by the Minister for Defence).

Anyone can nominate a member of the community for an award in the Order of Australia.

Nominating someone is a chance to recognise a peer for their hard-work, service and dedication. It is an opportunity to celebrate  those inspiring people who make our nation what it is.

Companion of the Order of Australia
Individuals are appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large
Officer of the Order of Australia

Individuals are appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large

Member of the Order of Australia
Individuals are appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group.
Medal of the Order of Australia
The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) is awarded for service worthy of particular recognition.

Details

More detail is available in the Order of Australia handbook. The book includes:

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