Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal

The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal is an independent statutory body established under the Defence Act to consider Defence honours and awards matters. 

Individuals are able to apply to the Tribunal for an independent review of a decision of the Department of Defence regarding eligibility for a defence honour, defence award or a foreign award. 

The Government is also able to refer general eligibility issues to the Tribunal for inquiry and recommendation.

On 25 June 2021, Government announced that the Tribunal would inquire into unit recognition for service in Somalia. The terms of reference for this inquiry and information on how to make a submission can be found here.

UPCOMING PUBLIC HEARINGS

Due to limitations associated with the size of venues, and COVID safety measures, prior registration with the Tribunal Secretariat is necessary in order to attend public hearings of the Tribunal.

DATE
MATTER
HEARING LOCATION
6 October 2021
Lockrey and the Department of Defence - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Canberra, TBA, 2.00 p.m.
30 September 2021
Jackson and the Department of Defence - Defence Long Service Medal
Canberra, TBA, 10.00 a.m.
29 September 2021
Rayner and the Department of Defence - Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 with Clasp THAI-MALAY and GSM 1918-62 with Clasp MALAYA
Canberra, TBA, 10.30 a.m.

RECENT TRIBUNAL DECISIONS

Richardson and the Department of Defence [2021] DHAAT 11
Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal

Turner and the Department of Defence [2021] DHAAT 10
Australian Defence Medal

P and the Department of Defence [2021] DHAAT 09
Australian Defence Medal

Dale and the Department of Defence [2021] DHAAT 08
Australian Defence Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Bounds and the Department of Defence [2021] DHAAT 07
Australian Defence Medal