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Ad hoc Honours announcements

Honours lists are announced each Australia Day and on Queen's Birthday long weekend.

Bravery announcements are also made twice a year - typically in March and September.

In addition to these announcements, Honours announcements can be made on ad hoc basis.

These special announcements can recognise:

  • historic acts of gallantry that have only recently considered and recommended to the Governor-General
  • ad hoc occasions where the Councils recommend an award be made outside of the twice annual lists 
  • honourary appointments to the Order of Australia
  • awards of the Antarctic Medal
  • military awards, including the Champion Shots medal, that fall within the Australian Honours and Awards system.

Ad hoc honours are gazetted and listed in the Its an Honour database. This page includes recent announcements.

Recent announcements

Date Gazetted Award Description
6 December 2019 Commendation for Gallantry In recognition of bravery and courage ass an Australian prisoner of war who died while escaping from the Imperial Japanese forces or who were executed following recapture.
20 November 2019 Honorary Member (AM) in the Military Division Vice Admiral Bernard-Antoine Morio de L'Isle was appointed an Honourary Member (AM) in the Military Division for exceptional service to strengthening the defence relationship between Australia and France.
9 October 2019 Honorary Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia His Excellency Mr Mark Rutte was appointed am Honorary Companion (AC) in the General Division for eminent service to Australia's bilateral relationship with the Netherlands and his outstanding leadership in response to the MH17 air disaster.
8 October 2019 Honorary Officer (AO) in the Military Division Admiral Christophe Prazuk was appointed an Honorary Officer (AO) in the Military Division for distinguished service to developing the defence relationship between Australia and France.
29 July 2019 Honorary Medal (OAM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia An Honorary Medal (OAM) in the General Division for achievement as the first Australian to sail solo round the world during the period of September 1962 to February 1965.
17 July 2019 Medal for Gallantry (MG) and Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Gallantry awards recognising action in Vietnam.
31 May 2019 Medal for Gallantry and Distinguished Service Medal Gallantry awards recognising action in Timor in February 1942.
31 May 2019 Commendation for Gallantry and Conspicuous Service Medal

Commendation: for service during the Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation in 1965.

CSM: for outstanding achievement as a helicopter crewman at Number 5 Squadron.

10 April 2019 Honorary Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia Ms Margarety Humphreys CBE OAM, was appointed an Honorary Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
5 February 2019 Commendation for Gallantry Gallantry awards for Far East Prisoners of War, in recognition of bravery and courage as Australian prisoners of war who died while escaping from the Imperial Japanese forces or who were executed following recapture.