The Tribunal is an statutory body established to consider defence honours and awards matters.

An individual is able to apply directly to the Tribunal for an independent review of a decision of the Department of Defence concerning eligibility for a defence honour, defence award, or foreign award.

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


Part VIIIC of the Defence Act 1903 sets out the Tribunal’s powers.


In reviewing eligiblity for a defence award (such as a campaign or long service award) and foreign awards the Tribunal is able to affirm a decision, revoke a decision, substitute a new decision or vary a decision.

In reviewing eligibility for defence honours (such as a gallantry or distinguished service award) the Tribunal may make recommendations to Government to affirm, revoke, substitute or vary the Department’s initial decision.


At the conclusion of an inquiry the Tribunal will provide a report to Government outlining its findings and any recommendations.

The Tribunal’s Code of Conduct

The Tribunal’s code of conduct can be found here.



Mr Stephen Skehill was appointed as the Chair of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal in 2020.  Mr Skehill’s career spans 28 years in the Australian Public Service and 23 years in private legal practice and consultancy.  His public service positions have included Principal Member of the Veterans’ Review Board, Australian Government Solicitor and Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department.  As Special Counsel with the major law firm now known as King & Wood Mallesons he specialised in administrative law, air and space law and telecommunications law.  He has also conducted numerous inquiries into public service structures, procedures and performance.


Mr Ashley was appointed to the Tribunal in 2016, following a career in the Australian Army that spanned over 36 years.  During Mr Ashley’s Army career, he held a wide range of positions, including Regimental Sergeant Major of the Australian Army. Mr Ashley retired from the Army in 2015.


Rear Admiral Goldrick was appointed as a Member of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal in 2015.

Rear Admiral Goldrick joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1974 as a 15 year old Cadet Midshipman. As a Principal Warfare Officer, he saw sea service around the world with the RAN and on exchange with the Royal Navy. He commanded HMA Ships Cessnock and Sydney (twice) and the RAN task group and the multinational interception operation in the Persian Gulf.

Shore appointments included chief staff officer to the Chief of Navy, Director General Military Strategy and Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy. As a Rear Admiral, he served as Commander Border Protection Command and later as Commander of the Australian Defence College. He retired from full time service in the RAN in 2012. Awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2001 and made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004, he became an Officer in the Order in the 2013 Australia Day Honours List.

Rear Admiral Goldrick is an internationally published academic with a strong record of historical and maritime strategic publications. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of NSW and is a Councillor of the Navy Records Society (UK), an Overseas Corresponding Member of the UK Society for Nautical Research and a member of the Naval Historical Society of Australia.


Ms Lumb was appointed as a Member of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal in 2017.

Ms Lumb is currently a part-time member of the Veterans’ Review Board. She has 20 years’ experience in both legal and policy roles across a range of Commonwealth Government agencies.

Ms Lumb worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1998-2011, including serving on diplomatic posting in Chile from 2001-2004. She also served on the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce in 2014-15.


Mr Mowbray was appointed to the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal in 2015.

Prior to his retirement, Mr Mowbray served for four years on the Federal Magistrates Court (now the Federal Circuit Court of Australia). He had previously been a member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal after working as General Counsel (Immigration) with the Australian Government Solicitor for eight years. His early years were spent in various legal positions with the Commonwealth Government.

Mr Mowbray has also served on a number of other appellate bodies, including as the Presiding Member of the Australian Wine Industry Code Administration Committee, and as a Member of the National Appeal Panel of the Uniting Church in Australia.


Air Vice-Marshal Quaife was appointed as a Member of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal in 2015.

Air Vice-Marshal Quaife joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a Cadet Pilot in 1975. He graduated to fly fast jet aircraft, qualified as a Fighter Combat instructor and held a number of command postings, including at unit (No 77 squadron); Group (Air Combat Group); and Command (Air Commander Australia). Other appointments included as Director Combined Air Operations Centre in the Middle East Area of Operations and as the Head of Capability Systems in the Defence Materiel Organisation. After retiring from the Air Force in 2008, Air Vice-Marshal Quaife became the General Manager Aviation Solutions for BAE Systems Australia, retiring from that position in November 2014.


Ms Schwager was appointed as a Member of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal in 2015.

Ms Schwager is currently a non-judicial member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She is also a nationally accredited Mediator in the area of alternative dispute resolution. In previous roles Ms Schwager has led both State government departments and non-profit organisations. She was the Chief Executive Officer of The Benevolent Society. She was also the Chief Executive Officer of the Parklands Foundation at Olympic Park in Sydney. Ms Schwager has also sat on a number of government and non-profit boards, including Taxation Board of Australia; Campbell Page Ltd; Nonprofit Australia; and Social Ventures.

During her time in State government she headed the NSW Department of the Ageing and Disability, the NSW Social Policy Directorate, and held senior roles in NSW Treasury, Community Services and Health.


Ms Anne Trengove was appointed as a Member of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal in 2017.

Ms Trengove is currently a Senior Member of the Veteran’s Review Board, having been appointed in 2014. She was admitted to practice law in 1996. She has appeared as prosecuting counsel for the Office of Public Prosecutions, SA in the Supreme and District Courts. She also worked in private practice and on behalf of the Ministry of Defence in London, UK for the Treasury Solicitor.

Ms Trengove was appointed as a Sessional Member of the South Australian Civil and Appeals Tribunal in 2020.

Ms Trengove has been a Reserve Legal Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force for 20 years and holds the rank of Group Captain and the position of Adelaide Panel Leader.


Major General Simone Wilkie was appointed as a Member of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal in 2019.

Major General Wilkie retired from the Army in 2018 after 35 years of service as a Signals Officer. She commanded the Royal Military College Duntroon, the Army Recruit Training Centre and the Australian Defence College; and had operational tours to Cambodia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

She is a Defence Professor at Deakin University, a Commissioner of the Australian Football League, a Senior Adviser for the Boston Consulting Group and a Non-Executive Director of AFL SportsReady and the Beaufort Group.


Allan du Toit was appointed to the Tribunal in May 2021.  He retired from the Royal Australian Navy as a Rear Admiral in early 2016 after 40 years combined service in two Commonwealth navies. He was born and raised in South Africa and entered the South African Navy in 1975. He joined the RAN in 1987 and commanded HMAS Tobruk during peacekeeping operations in Bougainville in 1998, the Australian Amphibious Task Group, the multi-national maritime interception force enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq, Combined Task Force 158 in the Persian Gulf, and Border Protection Command. He also served in a wide range of single-service and joint appointments ashore including Deputy Chief of Joint Operations, Head of Navy Capability and Head of Navy People. His final appointment was as Australia’s Military Representative to NATO in Brussels. Allan is currently non-executive director and chair of two defence industry companies, JFD Australia and Sonartech Atlas Australia. He is also the Strategic Maritime Adviser to the Northern Territory Government. Allan has written and lectured on historical and contemporary defence, naval and maritime affairs both in Australia and abroad and has recently been awarded his doctorate in naval history at the UNSW Canberra where he is a Visiting Fellow, Adjunct Lecturer and member of the Naval Studies Group. He served as President of the Australian Naval Institute from 2011-13.