Recognition of service with Operation Gateway
A number of people raised the issue of separate recognition for those who have participated in Operation Gateway, which began in 1981.
The Inquiry commenced with a call for submissions from the public on 6 May 2011.
Submissions closed on 5 June 2011.
The Report was presented to Government on 6 February 2013. The Government has advised the Tribunal that it has accepted the following Tribunal recommendations:
The Tribunal recommends that there be no change to the existing provisions and policy approach to medallic recognition for members of the Australian Defence Force who served with Operation GATEWAY.
In regards to the Tribunal consideration of the policy as required by the Terms of Reference, the following principles should govern the eligibility for awards for service in South-East Asia from 1945 to the present where more than one operation is involved:
- if any operation merits an award in its own right, then the member should be eligible for that award for that operation; or
- if an operation merits an award in its own right, and the member has already received an award for that operation, then they should not receive a second award; or
- if an operation does not merit an award in its own right, but the service meets the criteria of a more general award, then the member should be eligible for that more general award; or
- if an operation is recognised retrospectively as deserving an award in its own right, and the member has the more general award for service in respect of that operation, then the member should be given the option to elect to receive either award, but not both.