If you're a veteran or a veteran's family member, you may be able to apply for a Certificate of Appreciation. These are issued as a national gesture of thanks for military service.
The certificates are a way of expressing the nation’s gratitude to those who served:
- overseas in Australia’s Defence Force during the Second World War and in overseas wars, conflicts and peace operations since
- on the home front in the Second World War
They do not confer any eligibility for entitlements under the:
Certificates are issued as part of the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants program.
You can apply for a certificate if you are a:
- veteran who served in the wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations for which certificates are available
- family member on behalf of a deceased eligible person
What service qualifies?
Certificates are issued for service with Australia's Defence Forces:
- in overseas wars, conflicts or peace operations during the specified dates in the application form
- on the home front during the Second World War
Information about who is eligible for a certificate is in the guidelines:
To apply for a Certificate of Appreciation:
- download and complete the application form
- send your completed application form to your local federal member
The Department of Defence is responsible for presenting medals and awards.
If you want more information about obtaining a medal or award, please contact the Defence Directorate of Honours and Awards at honours.awards [at] defence.gov.au.