Australian Defence Medal

Inquiry into Eligibility Criteria for the Australian Defence Medal

  • The Australian Defence Medal (ADM) was established in March 2006 to recognise commitment and service to the nation since 3 September 1945.  Since its establishment, the Government has received numerous complaints about the eligibility criteria for the medal and directed the Tribunal to review the issue as a priority.
  • In May 2009 the Government accepted the recommendations in the Tribunal’s report.
    In particular, the report recommended that applications for the ADM from ex-serving members who were medically discharged without a compensable injury or illness be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Following consideration of individual circumstances, a period of service shorter than four years or within their initial enlistment period may be deemed as efficient service for the purposes of the ADM Regulations.
  • The Tribunal has recommended no other changes to the eligibility criteria for the ADM.

Media Release – Announcement of Inquiry
Terms of Reference
Media Release – Announcement of the acceptance of the Tribunal’s recommendations

by Ken McFadyen
Oil on canvas on hardboard, 1968

RAAF's first operation over North Korea
Robert Taylor
Oil on canvas, 1986