The Meritorious Service Awards consist of the Public Service Medal, Australian Police Medal, Australian Fire Service Medal, Ambulance Service Medal, Emergency Services Medal and Australian Antarctic Medal.
The Public Service Medal (PSM) - was established on 18 October 1989 to recognise public service employees, including those of the Australian Government and state, territory and local governments who have given outstanding public service.
The Australian Police Medal (APM) - was established on 3 March 1986. The medal recognises distinguished service by a member of an Australian police force.
The Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) - was established on 12 April 1988. The medal recognises distinguished service by a member of an Australian fire service. It is awarded to paid and volunteer members.
The Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) - was established on 7 July 1999. The medal recognises distinguished service as a member of an Australian ambulance service.
The Emergency Services Medal (ESM) - was established on 7 July 1999. The medal recognises distinguished service as a member of an Australian emergency service and people who are involved in emergency management, training or education.
The Australian Antarctic Medal (AAM) - was established on 2 June 1987. Previously called the Antarctic Medal, it is awarded for outstanding service in scientific research or exploration, or in support of such work, in the course of, or in connection with an Australian Antarctic expedition.
How awards are made
The Governor-General makes these awards on the recommendation of the responsible Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers. The Regulations determine the number of awards able to be made in each calendar year.
These awards are usually announced on Australia Day (January 26) and The Queen’s Birthday (June) each year, with the exception of the Australian Antarctic Medal which is announced on 21 June in a special Midwinter’s Day honours list.
Upon publication of their award, recipients are entitled to have the appropriate post-nominals placed after their names on all occasions when the use of such letters is customary.
If you have any further questions, or require guidance please contact the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat.