The Order of Australia is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level and nominations are encouraged from all members of the Australian public.
The purpose of the Order of Australia is to recognise, by national honour, those who have made outstanding contributions that benefit their communities, and ultimately our country.
The second purpose of the Order of Australia is that it serves to define, encourage and reinforce community standards, national aspirations and ideals by acknowledging actions and achievement and thereby identifying role models at all levels and in all spheres of the community.
The Order of Australia has four levels and two Divisions (General and Military):
- Companion of the Order (AC)
- Officer of the Order (AO)
- Member of the Order (AM)
- Medal of the Order (OAM)
The Governor-General approves appointments and awards in the General Division on the recommendation of the Council of the Order of Australia and in the Military Division on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence.
The Order operates on the principles of independence and freedom from political patronage.
Anyone can nominate a member of the community for recognition through the Order by clicking here.
For more information
If you have any further questions, or require guidance in the preparation of the nomination please contact the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat.