Inquiry into Eligibility Criteria for the Australian Defence Medal
- The Australian Defence Medal (ADM) was established in March 2006 to recognise commitment and service to the nation since 3 September 1945. Since its establishment, the Government has received numerous complaints about the eligibility criteria for the medal and directed the Tribunal to review the issue as a priority.
- In May 2009 the Government accepted the recommendations in the Tribunal’s report.
In particular, the report recommended that applications for the ADM from ex-serving members who were medically discharged without a compensable injury or illness be considered on a case-by-case basis. Following consideration of individual circumstances, a period of service shorter than four years or within their initial enlistment period may be deemed as efficient service for the purposes of the ADM Regulations.
- The Tribunal has recommended no other changes to the eligibility criteria for the ADM.
Media Release – Announcement of Inquiry
Terms of Reference
Media Release – Announcement of the acceptance of the Tribunal’s recommendations