About The Award

Medal of the Order of Australia

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

The Medal of the Order of Australia is awarded for service worthy of particular recognition. Recipients of the Order of Australia are from many fields of endeavour and all walks of life.

About the award.The Order of Australia has five levels:

  • Knight/Dame of the Order (AK/AD)
  • Companion of the Order (AC)
  • Officer of the Order (AO)
  • Member of the Order (AM), and
  • Medal of the Order (OAM).

How it is awarded
The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. Except for Knights and Dames, nominations for awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia come directly from the community.

Once a nomination is submitted, the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat at Government House in Canberra conducts further research and contacts referees.

Nominations are considered by the Council of the Order of Australia which makes recommendations direct to the Governor-General. Appointments in the Order of Australia are not made posthumously. However, a nomination will be considered if the person is alive when the nomination form is received by the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat at Government House in Canberra.

Awards in the Order of Australia are generally announced on Australia Day (26 January) and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday (June).

The Medal of the Order of Australia is a badge with a gold-plated silver insignia of the Order in the centre.

The central insignia is inscribed with the word ‘Australia’. The circle also contains two gold sprigs of mimosa. The insignia is ensigned with the Crown of St Edward.

Fast facts:
POST NOMINAL: OAM INTRODUCED INTO THE AUSTRALIAN HONOURS SYSTEM: 1976