Order of Australia
Consideration has been given for recognition of outstanding service
to the community both civil and military with the establishment of the
Order of Australia. When established there was the ability for the Crown
to appoint Knights and Dames to the Order however this was removed on the
advise of the Prime Minister in 1986 without prejudice to any person who
had been admitted to the Order at that grade. Currently there are four
grades within the Order in both Military and Civil Divisions. Persons can
not be admitted to the Order posthumously.
The Order was established by The Queen on 14 February 1975. Any person
or organisation may make a nomination of an Australian citizen to be recognised
for their achievement or meritorious service. Persons who are not Australian
citizens may be awarded Honorary appointments who have rendered extraordinary
service to Australia or humanity at large.
The Council for the Order of Australia makes recommendations to the
Governor-General as to the appropriateness of a nominee to be admitted
to the Order and at what grade. It is up to the Honours Secretariat to
provide the council with as much fully verified information as is possible
on each nominee so that appropriate consideration may be given to each
case. This is a long process and up to eighteen months can elapse between
the original submission and publication of a successful nomination.
Knight / Dame of the Order of Australia (AK / AD)
Additional appointments to Knight or Dame of the Order was removed on the advise of the Prime Minister in 1986. Badge of Dame of the Order of Australia pictured above.
Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
Appointments are made for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large.
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
Appointments made for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large.
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Appointment made for service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group.
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Awarded for service worthy of particular recognition.
Nomination Forms for the Order of Australia can be found at the Australian
Governments web site.