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National Medal – Australia’s most awarded medal
The National Medal recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary organisations that risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster. This includes government organisations such as ambulance, correctional, emergency, fire and police forces, and voluntary organisations such as lifesaving or search and rescue groups.
The National Medal, established in 1975, is Australia’s most awarded civilian medal. The National Medal is a circular bronze medal ensigned with the Crown of St Edward. The front of the medal features the Commonwealth Coat of Arms in a recessed circle. The rim of the medal carries the inscription ‘The National Medal’. The back of the medal is plain. Fifteen years’ service is required to qualify. Clasps are available for each additional ten years’ service.
The 32 millimetre-wide ribbon features 15 alternating gold and blue vertical stripes. More information from:http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/medals/national_medal.cfm More information from the online DFES Volunteer Portal to registered volunteers and staff. Also the DFES Rewards and Recognition Officer (08) 9395 9520.
Emergency Services Medal
The Emergency Services Medal recognises distinguished service by members of emergency services across Australia, and people who are involved in emergency management, training or education. State emergency services and voluntary emergency organisations are eligible for the award. The Emergency Services Medal was introduced into the Australian system of honours in 1999.
The central motif of the Emergency Services Medal is a raised equilateral triangle with bevelled edges. This is bordered by stylised sprays of wattle. The centre of the triangle features a raised impression of the Federation Star that is surrounded by twenty-four balls. The balls represent the twenty-four hours per day the Emergency Service is available to the community. The back of the medal has the inscription ‘For Distinguished Service’. The medal is silver and bronze colouring. Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal ESM.
The 32 millimetre-wide ribbon features a centre band of an orange and white checkerboard pattern, flanked on each outer edge by a royal blue band. More information from: http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/medals/emergency_service_me... information from the online DFES Volunteer Portal to registered volunteers and staff. Also the DFES Rewards and Recognition Officer (08) 9395 9520.
Order of Australia
The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. Nominations for the the awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia come directly from the community. Nominations are considered by the Council for the Order of Australia which makes recommendations direct to the Governor-General.
The design of 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’ in gold capital letters. The circle also contains two gold sprigs of mimosa. The insignia is ensigned with the Crown of St Edward. Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal OAM.
The medal is hung from the ribbon of the Order. It is royal blue with a central band of mimosa blossoms. More information from: http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/medals/order_of_australia.cfm
SES Volunteer Long Service Medal
The Department of Fire of Emergency services (DFES) respects and values the significant contributions made by its volunteers. SES Volunteers can be awarded with a SES Long Service Medal. Ten years’ diligent service is required to qualify. Clasps are available for each additional 5 years’ service. The medal was commissioned by the past SES Consultative Committee. Whilst the medal is a state/organisational issued medal, permission has been granted by relevant authorities for it to be worn on the left breast providing it is mounted after all Australian Honours.
The medal is silver with the West Australian SES Symbol, the Swan with our motto WE SERVE in the middle. The upper outer edge has the words State Emergency Service of Western Australian and the words Long Service Medal in the lower portion.
The name of the recipient is engraved on the rear of the medal.
The 32 millimetre-wide ribbon colours are Black & Gold which represent our state of Western Australia and orange stripe representing the “colour” that easily recognises our SES Volunteers in their Personal Protective Equipment (orange overalls). More information from the online DFES Volunteer Portal to registered volunteers and staff. Also the DFES Rewards and Recognition Officer (08) 9395 9520.
Mounting and Replicas
SES volunteers often ask where they can get their service medals mounted, replicas provided or ribbon bars produced. Having a set of Replica medals “Court” mounted looks professional, reduces the worry of losing your original medals and protects medals from wear. Not all medals are available as replicas, so talking to medal mounting service providers will assist you in meeting your medal needs. Medals may be Swing or Court mounted.
Photo: Court Mounted Replica Medals
There are commercial services available and these can be found by searching the internet or yellow pages. The Association knows of two SES Volunteers who may provide advice in this area and takes no responsibility for any arrangements that you make with them.
Kerry Riley is a volunteer with the Kalamunda SES and can be contacted on 92933191 or email: email@example.com
Tex McPherson is a volunteer with Bassendean SES and can be contacted on 0428 958 959
Information on Medals can also be found at the Australian Honours site http://www.dpmc.gov.au/government/its-honour