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MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARDS

The Meritorious 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 Governor-General makes these awards on the recommendation of the responsible Ministers. These awards are normally set for announcement 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.

 

The Public Service Medal (PSM)

The Public Service Medal 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.

Insignia: The Public Service Medal is a circular nickel-silver medal ensigned with a federation star. It is suspended by a ribbon which features the national colours of green and gold in a vertical striped pattern.

 

 

 

 

The Australian Police Medal (APM)

The Australian Police Medal was established on 3 March 1986. The medal recognises distinguished service by a member of an Australian police force.

Insignia: The Australian Police Medal is a circular nickel-silver medal ensigned with the crown of St Edward. It is suspended by a ribbon which features a central vertical stripe of dark blue flanked by two white stripes.

 

 

 

 

The Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)

The Australian Fire Service Medal 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.

Insignia: The Australian Fire Service Medal is a circular copper-nickel medal ensigned with the crown of St Edward. It is suspended by a ribbon which has a central vertical band of gold, which is superimposed with a red pattern symbolising flames. The two outer vertical bands are green.

 

 

 

The Ambulance Service Medal (ASM)

The Ambulance Service Medal was established on 7 July 1999. The medal recognises distinguished service as a member of an Australian ambulance service.

Insignia: The Ambulance Service Medal is circular and of silver and bronze tones. It is suspended by a ribbon which features a chevron or v-shaped pattern. The angles are derived from the open end of the arm of the cross. The chevrons are in alternate red, white, red, silver-grey.

 

 

 

 

The Emergency Services Medal (ESM)

The Emergency Services Medal 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.

Insignia: The Emergency Services Medal is circular and of silver and bronze colouring. It is suspended by a ribbon which features a centre band of an orange and white checker-board pattern, flanked on each outer edge by a royal blue band.

 

 

 

 

The Australian Antactic Medal (AAM)

The Australian Antarctic Medal 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.

Insignia: The Australian Antarctic Medal is an octagonal nickel-silver medal ensigned with a hexagonal ice-crystal device which links the medal to the suspension bar. It is suspended by a ribbon which is snow-white moiré. At the edges three shades of blue merge into the white.