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.


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.



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

Wilson and the Department of Defence [2021] DHAAT 13    
Iraq Medal and Afghanistan Medal

Taylor and the Department of Defence re: Hopkins [2021] DHAAT 12
Australian Active Service Medal 1945– 1975 with Clasp ‘MALAYSIA’