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Apply for the National Emergency Medal

Bushfires 2019-20 responders now eligible for the National Emergency Medal

If you rendered service with the following agencies, you are not required to submit an application for the National Emergency Medal:

  • Australian Defence Force
    • Applications submitted by ADF members directly to Government House will not be processed. A consolidated list of applications will be provided by the Department of Defence.
  • NSW Rural Fire Service 
    • A consolidated list of applications will be provided by NSW RFS.
  • Fire and Rescue NSW
    • A consolidated list of applications will be provided by the Office of the Commissioner, Fire and Rescue NSW.
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
    • A consolidated list of applications will be provided by QFES. Please contact Honours and Awards, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services for further details.
  • Queensland Police Service
    • Please contact Honours and Awards Unit, Queensland Police Service for further details.
  • Country Fire Authority Victoria
    • ​​​​​​​A consolidated list of nominations will be provided by CFA VIC. Please contact CFA Honours for further details.

Sustained service eligibility criteria

Bushfires 2019-20

Service during this nationally significant emergency will be recognised through the clasp, ‘BUSHFIRES 19-20’. The National Emergency Medal Committee determined the following criteria:

  • service must be in the protection of lives and property; or in the service of interests, that are not their own; in direct response to the emergency (including support that enables or facilitates the emergency response).
  • the geographical area in Australia where the declared emergency happened, are the Local Government Areas (LGA) listed in Schedule 1.
  • the qualifying period for each local government area is listed in Schedule 1
  • the minimum duration of service that a person is required to have completed to qualify for sustained service is 5 days (whether consecutive or not) each involving service in direct response to the declared emergency relating to a Schedule 1 local government area in an eligible emergency period for the area.

For further details on how to apply for the National Emergency Medal with clasp 'BUSHFIRES 19-20' click here.

North Queensland Floods 2019

Service performed during North Queensland Floods 2019 will be recognised though the clasp, ‘NTH QLD 2019’. The National Emergency Medal Committee determined the following criteria:

  • service must be in the protection of lives and property; or in the service of interests, that are not their own; in direct response to the emergency (including support that enables or facilitates the emergency response).
  • the geographical areas in Australia consist of the following local government areas, as at 25 January 2019. Queensland: Aurukun, Barcoo, Boulia, Burdekin, Burke, Cairns, Carpentaria, Cassowary Coast, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Cook, Croydon, Diamantina, Douglas, Etheridge, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, Hope Vale, Kowanyama River, Lockhart River, Longreach, Mackay, Mapoon, Mareeba, McKinlay, Mornington, Mount Isa, Napranum, Northern Peninsula, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw, Richmond, Torres, Torres Strait Island, Townsville, Whitsunday, Winton, Wujal Wujal, Yarrabah.
  • the qualifying period begins on 25 January 2019 and ends on 14 February 2019; and
  • the minimum duration of service that a person is required to have completed to qualify for sustained service is 5 days.

To submit an application for the National Emergency Medal with clasp 'NTH QLD 2019' please contact your primary service organisation in the first instance prior to submitting a National Emergency Medal Application Form.

Tropical Cyclone Debbie 2017

Service performed during Tropical Cyclone Debbie 2017 will be recognised though the clasp, ‘TC DEBBIE 2017’. The National Emergency Medal Committee determined the following criteria:

  • service must be in the protection of lives and property; or in the service of interests, that are not their own; in direct response to the emergency (including support that enables or facilitates the emergency response).
  • the geographical areas in Australia consist of the following local government areas, as at 25 March 2017. New South Wales: Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, Tweed. Queensland: Banana, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Central Highlands, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast City, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Hinchinbrook, Ipswich, Isaac, Livingstone, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Mackay, Maranoa, Moreton Bay, Noosa, North Burnett, Palm Island, Redland, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville, Western Downs, Whitsunday, Woorabinda Aboriginal.
  • the qualifying period begins on 25 March 2017 and ends on 10 April 2017; and
  • the minimum duration of service that a person is required to have completed to qualify for sustained service is 5 days.

To submit an application for the National Emergency Medal with clasp 'TC DEBBIE 2017' please contact your primary service organisation in the first instance prior to submitting a National Emergency Medal Application Form.

Queensland Floods 2010-11 and Cyclone Yasi

Service performed during the Queensland Floods and Cyclone Yasi will be recognised though the clasp, ‘QLD 2010-11’. The National Emergency Medal Committee determined the following criteria:

  • service must be in the protection of lives and property, or in the service of interests, that are not their own, in direct response to the emergency, including support that enables or facilitates the emergency response:
  • the geographical State of Queensland;
  • the qualifying period  begins on 21 December 2010 and ends on 14 February 2011; and
  • the minimum duration of service that a person is required to have completed to qualify for sustained service is:
    • paid service on 28 days; or
    • unpaid service on 14 days.

To submit an application for the National Emergency Medal with clasp 'QLD 2010-11' please contact your primary service organisation in the first instance prior to submitting a National Emergency Medal Application Form.

Victorian Bushfires 2009

Service performed during this nationally-significant emergency will be recognised through the clasp, ‘VIC FIRES 09’. The National Emergency Medal Committee determined the following criteria:

  • service must be in the protection of lives and property, or in the service of interests, that are not their own, in direct response to the emergency, including support that enables or facilitates the emergency response;
  • the geographical area is the State of Victoria;
  • the qualifying period begins on 28 January 2009 and ends on 5 March 2009; and
  • the minimum duration of service that a person is required to have completed to qualify for sustained service is:
    • paid service on 14 days, including at least two days in the period beginning on 7 February 2009 and ending on 14 February 2009; or
    • unpaid service on 7 days, including at least one day in the period beginning on 7 February 2009 and ending on 14 February 2009.

To submit an application for the National Emergency Medal with clasp 'VIC FIRES 09' please contact your primary service organisation in the first instance prior to submitting a National Emergency Medal Application Form

Submit a sustained service schedule on behalf of an organisation

To assist organisations in submitting sustained service applications, schedule templates for each emergency have been developed. Please note that these templates may be updated from time to time, so please ensure you refer to our website for the most recent version.

After populating the required data into the appropriate template, email the electronic schedule and a scanned version of the signed covering letter to nem@gg.gov.au

Organisation Schedule Templates

 

Offline nomination forms are available here. Sustained Service Offline Nomination Form. Significant Service Offline Nomination Form.