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ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

In the Australian honours system appointments to the Order of Australia confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.

There are two divisions of the Order of Australia: the Civil or General Division and the Military Division. The General Division of the Order of Australia has five levels. The Military Division of the Order of Australia has four levels for service and performance of duties.

The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens.

The Order operates on the principles of independence and freedom from political patronage.

 

Knight/Dame of the Order of Australia (AK/AD)

Appointment of Knights and Dames may be made for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia or humanity at large. Governors-General become a Knight or Dame of the Order of Australia by virtue of their appointment as Governor-General. In addition to Governors-General, there is a maximum of 4 appointments a year, excluding honorary awards to non-Australian citizens.

The Knight/Dame of the Order of Australia is Australia’s greatest civic honour. 

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

General Division

For eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large.

Military Division

For eminent service in duties of great responsibility.

 

 

 

 

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

General Division

For distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large.

Military Division

For distinguished service in responsible positions.

 

 

 

 

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

General Division

For service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group.

Military Division

For exceptional service or performance of duty.

 

 

 

 

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

General Division

For service worthy of particular recognition.

Military Division

For meritorious service or performance of duty.