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Honours, medals and awards

Medals and awards

The Department of Defence is responsible for presenting medals and awards. If you want more information about obtaining a medal or award, contact Defence.

Certificates of Appreciation

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) provides Certificates of Appreciation to certain people under the Australian Government's Saluting Their Service Commemorations program.


Certificates of Appreciation are available under the Australian Government's Saluting Their Service Commemorations program. They are a way of expressing the nation's gratitude to those who served in the defence forces or on the home front in the Second World War or in wars, conflicts and peace operations overseas since. They do not confer any eligibility for entitlements under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986, the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 or the Safety, Rehabilitation or Compensation Act 1988.

This page and the Certificate of Appreciation Guidelines are currently under review. Updated content will soon be available.

For further information on eligibility or applying for a certificate please contact your Federal MP office.

How are applications submitted?

Application forms are available from Federal MPs' offices, Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Offices or can be downloaded from the DVA website: Application for Certificate of Appreciation—DVA Form: D0755 (PDF 280 KB)

Applicants should complete the application form and submit this to their Federal Member.

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