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

10 August 2021
Spiro and the Department of Defence - Reserve Forces Decoration and Defence Long Service Medal
Canberra TBA, 1.00 p.m.


Rutherford and the Department of Defence [2021] DHAAT 06 
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation

Hulse and the Department of Defence re: Kemp [2021] DHAAT 05
Distinguished Service Cross

Hulse and the Department of Defence re: Hughes, Johnson Walker [2021] DHAAT 04
Gallantry and Distinguished Service

Donnan and the Department of Defence [2021] DHAAT 03
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Patterson and the Department of Defence [2021] DHAAT 02
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 with Clasp 'VIETNAM', Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal