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CONSPICUOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

The conspicuous service Decorations were instituted on 18 october 1989 for the purpose of according recognition to members of the Defence Force and certain other persons for outstanding or meritorious achievement or devotion to duty in non-warlike situations. They are awarded primarily to members of the Australian Defence Force.

There are two levels of decoration. 

Another award which was instituted on 18 October 1989 was the Nursing Service Cross. This award was instituted for the purpose of according recognition to members of the Defence Force and certain other persons for outstanding devotion and competency in the performance of nursing duties or for an act of exceptional dedication in the performance of such duties.

 

Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)

The Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) was introduced in 1989 to recognize outstanding devotion to duty, or outstanding achievement in the application of exceptional skills, judgment or dedication, in non-warlike situations.

Insignia: The CSC is a nickel-silver modified Maltese cross with the arms of the Cross interspersed with fluted rays. The obverse bears a central device of the Southern Cross surrounded by a laurel wreath. The reverse has a horizontal panel for recipient details.

Ribbon: The CSC ribbon has alternating diagonal stripes of bush green and sandy gold.

Further Awards: A further award of the CSC is denoted by a nickel-silver bar with a central replica of the Cross flanked by laurel leaves. When the ribbon is worn alone, the award of a bar is indicated by a ribbon bar emblem in the form of the Cross.

Postnominal: Recipients of the Conspicuous Service Cross are entitled to the postnominal letters ‘CSC’. Recipients of a bar to the CSC add ‘and Bar’ to the postnominal.

 

 

Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)

The Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) was introduced in1989 to recognize meritorious achievement or devotion to duty in non-warlike situations.

Medal: The CSM is a nickel-silver medal with the obverse having a central device of the Southern Cross surrounded by a laurel wreath. The reverse has a horizontal panel for recipient details over a design of fluted rays.

Ribbon: The CSM ribbon has alternating narrow diagonal stripes of bush green and sandy gold.

Further Awards: A further award of the CSM is denoted by a nickel-silver bar with a superimposed central replica of the Medal flanked by laurel leaves. When the ribbon is worn alone, the award of a bar is indicated by the addition of a ribbon bar emblem in the form of the Medal.

Postnominal: Recipients of the Conspicuous Service Medal are entitled to the postnominal letters ‘CSM’. Recipients of a bar to the CSM add ‘and Bar’ to the postnominal

 

Nursing Service Cross (NSC)

In the Imperial system, members of the nursing services of the defence forces were eligible for the award of the two grades of the Royal Red Cross. This was introduced by Queen Victoria in 1883 and was awarded to recognize special devotion and competence in nursing duties. 
The Nursing Service Cross (NSC) was introduced in 1989 and is awarded for outstanding devotion and competence in the performance of nursing duties, or for an act of exceptional dedication in the performance of such duties. It may be awarded in both warlike and non-warlike situations.

Insignia: The NSC is a four-stepped sterling silver straight armed cross. The obverse has a transparent red enamel cross insert on each axis, on a flecked pattern radiating from the centre of the medal. The reverse has a horizontal panel for recipient details superimposed on a design of fluted rays of varying lengths.

Ribbon: The NSC ribbon has a central red vertical stripe flanked by two white stripes and edged with gold stripes.

Further Awards: A further award of the NSC is denoted by a sterling silver bar with superimposed red enamel cross. When the ribbon is worn alone the award of a bar is indicated by a ribbon bar emblem in the form of a cross of red enamel.

Postnominal: Recipients of the Nursing Service Cross are entitled to the postnominal letters ‘NSC’. Recipients of a bar to the NSC add ‘and Bar’ to the postnominal.