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.
||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|
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
||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.|
||The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) is awarded for service worthy of particular recognition.|
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.