• Entitlement to medals
    Confirmation of the original issue of medals or new awards
    Replacement medals
    Replica medals
    Civilian Service Medal
    Anniversary of National Service 1951 - 1972 Medal (ANSM)
    Identifying recipients of medals

    Campaign and service medals recognise service rendered by members of the Australian Defence Force in prescribed warlike operations.

    Entitlement to medals

    Individual entitlement

    Entitlement to campaign and service medals is typically recorded on the individual's personal service record. Personal service records are available from the National Archives of Australia.

    General information about entitlements

    • Descriptions and illustrations of Australian medals can be found at Orders, Decorations and Medals of Australia.
    • Clive Francis Johnson, Australians awarded : a concise guide to military and civilian decorations, medals and other awards to Australians from 1815 to 2007 with their valuations (Banksmeadow, NSW: Renniks, 2008)

    United Nations peacekeeping medals

    Information can be found at www.un.org/Depts/dpko/medals

    Confirmation of the original issue of medals or new awards

    Contact Defence Honours and Awards:

    Directorate of Honours and Awards
    CP2-1, Department of Defence
    PO Box 7952
    CANBERRA BC ACT 2610

    Email: honours.awards@defence.gov.au
    Phone: 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362, toll free within Australia) or +61 2 6144 9190 (overseas)
    Website: www.defence.gov.au/medals/

    Replacement medals

    Only the initial recipient of medals is permitted to receive replacement medals. Applications for replacement medals should be made to Defence Honours and Awards. More information is available on their website. 

    If the medal recipient is deceased, replicas may be purchased from a commercial company.

    Replica medals

    Replica medals may be purchased from a range of sources such as coin and medal dealers, medal mounting businesses and online manufacturers of replica medals. Search the Yellow Pages under the heading "Medals &/or medal mounting" to locate businesses in your area who offer this service. A general search of the internet using the keywords "replica medals" will locate online manufacturers.

    Civilian Service Medal

    The Civilian Service Medal 1939-1945 is available for those who served in a civilian organisation, were required to work in arduous circumstances and were subject to military style arrangements and conditions of service.

    Application forms

    Available from electorate offices of federal members of parliament and senators or:

    Honours Section
    Honours, Symbols and Territories Branch
    Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    One National Circuit
    Barton ACT 2600

    Phone: 02 6271 5627
    Website: It's an Honour

    More information on obtaining proof of service for the Civilian Service Medal 1939-1945 can be found on the National Archives of Australia Fact Sheet 39 (Civilian service in World War II).

    Anniversary of National Service 1951 - 1972 Medal (ANSM)

    The ANSM has been created to recognise the service of more than 300,000 national servicemen between 1951 and 1972. Former national servicemen can apply for the Medal at the following address. The next of kin of those who have died may also apply for the Medal.

    Directorate of Honours and Awards
    CP2-1, Department of Defence
    PO Box 7952
    CANBERRA BC ACT 2610

    Email: honours.awards@defence.gov.au.
    Phone: 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362, toll free within Australia) or +61 2 6144 9190 (overseas)
    Website: www.defence.gov.au/medals/

    The Directorate will be able to establish service number, dates of service for those who served with the Army. Those who did their National Service with the RAAF and RAN will need to obtain copies of their service records from the National Archives of Australia.

    National Archives of Australia
    PO Box 7425
    Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610

    Website: Ask a question about records in the National Archives of Australia collection

    Identifying recipients of medals

    Registers of medals and badges issued for the First and Second World Wars are held in the Melbourne office of the National Archives of Australia (series MT1384/2). To gain access to these registers, contact the archives.

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