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National Medal

The National Medal 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.

National Medal



The National Medal is Australia's most awarded civilian medal. It recognises and celebrates the sustained service (either paid or volunteer) of outstanding Australians.

Only approved organisations can recommend someone for the National Medal. For those organisations, the template is available here. If there are any questions, contact the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat.