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 7 April 2022, Government announced that the Tribunal would inquire into medallic recognition for service with Rifle Company Butterworth. Further information on the inquiry and information on how to make a submission can be found here.

The Tribunal is currently seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified applicants for a number of member vacancies that will arise on the Tribunal in the next two years. More information about the roles and how to apply 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
31 May 2022
Shingles and the Department of Defence - Conspicuous Service Cross
Vibe Hotel Canberra, 12.30 p.m.
1 June 2022
Hulse and the Department of Defence re: Norden - Victoria Cross for Australia
Vibe Hotel Canberra, 10.00 a.m.
2 June 2022
Hulse and the Department of Defence re Parr - Medal for Gallantry
Vibe Hotel, Canberra, 10.00 a.m.

RECENT TRIBUNAL DECISIONS

Newton and the Department of Defence re: Mallett [2022] DHAAT 2
Australian Defence Medal, Anniversary of National Service Medal 1951-1972

Parsons and the Department of Defence [2022] DHAAT 1
Timor Leste Solidarity Medal

Spiro and the Department of Defence [2021] DHAAT 16
Reserve Force Decoration and Defence Long Service Medal

Rayner and the Department of Defence [2021] DHAAT 15
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 with Clasp ‘THAI-MALAY’ and General Service Medal 1918-1962 with Clasp ‘MALAYA’

Jackson and the Department of Defence [2021] DHAAT 14
Defence Long Service Medal