Like most countries in the world, Australia has a system of honours and awards in recognition of our citizens’ contributions of excellence, achievement or meritorious service.
The Department of Premier and Cabinet manages aspects of the awards process for the Order of Australia, the Australian Bravery Decorations and Public Service Medal.
The Order of Australia
In the Australian honours system, the Order of Australia is the highest recognition of a person’s outstanding achievement and contribution to the community.
The Order of Australia awards are announced twice each year - on Australia Day and on the Queen's Birthday – in recognition of outstanding service to the nation or humanity.
For more information about the Order of Australia awards, including how to nominate someone and download a nomination form, visit the Australian Government’s It's an Honour website.
Australian Bravery Awards
Australian Bravery Decorations recognise acts of bravery by members of the community who selflessly put themselves in jeopardy to protect the lives or property of others.
The Australian Bravery Council meets twice a year to consider bravery awards nominations and to make recommendations to the Governor-General. While there are no fixed dates for announcing bravery awards, generally there are two announcements each year in April and August.
For more information about the Australian Bravery Awards, including how to nominate someone and download a nomination form, visit the Australian Government’s It's an Honour website.
Public Service Medal
The Public Service Medal recognises outstanding service by employees of the Australian, state, territory and local governments.
Outstanding service can be shown through:
- service excellence to the public, or to external or internal clients;
- innovation in programme, project or policy development;
- leadership, including as a member of a team; and
- the achievement of more efficient processes, improved productivity or better service delivery.Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominals PSM after their names to show their outstanding service has been formally recognised.
Previous Australian Public Service Medal recipients
Read about the achievements of our 2016 Public Service Medal recipients.
All Public Sector employees of the Australian, state, territory and local governments are eligible for the medal. Members of the Defence Force, police and fire services cannot be nominated for the Public Service Medal as they are eligible for comparable awards. The Public Service Medal is open to all levels of the public service and is not reserved for senior officers.
Australia Day Honours List (26 January) Closing date for nominations is 1 August.
Queen's Birthday Honours List (June) Closing date for nominations is 1 February.
Making a nomination
Public Service Medal Committee
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 2343, ADELAIDE SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8463 5439