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National Medal

The Australian Honours and Awards nomination system has been updated. Nominations are made via the online portal. If you do not already have an account set up please email

National Medal



The National Medal recognises and celebrates the sustained service, either paid or volunteer, of outstanding Australians.

The National Medal is Australia's most awarded civilian medal. It 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.

Only approved organisations can recommend someone for the National Medal. If there are any questions, contact the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat.

More information is available on the website.


Letters Patent:




Determinations under the National Medal Regulations: