Australian Antarctic Medal
|Australian Antarctic Medal|
Medal and ribbon
|Awarded by Australia|
|Eligibility||members or support staff of an Australian Antarctic expedition|
|Awarded for||outstanding service in, or support to, scientific research or exploration|
|Established||2 June 1987|
|Last awarded||2013 Midwinter's Day Honours|
|Next (higher)||Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)|
|Next (lower)||Royal Victorian Medal (RVM)|
The Australian Antarctic Medal (AAM) is awarded for outstanding service in scientific research or exploration in connection with an Australian Antarctic expedition or for support of such work. The service or support would normally be for a period of at least 12 months.
Recipients of the Australian Antarctic Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "AAM".
- The AAM is an octagonal nickel-silver medal ensigned with a hexagonal ice-crystal device which links the medal to the suspension bar. The obverse depicts the Southern Hemisphere showing Australia and the Antarctic enclosed by the inscription "For Outstanding Service in the Antarctic".
- The reverse of the medal shows an Antarctic expeditioner leaning into a blizzard to use an ice axe outside Mawson's Huts. The ice-crystal device is repeated on the reverse of the medal.
- The 32 millimetre-wide ribbon is snow-white moiré. At the edges three shades of blue merge into the white.
- Medal Yearbook 2013. Honiton, Devon: Token. 2013. p. 387. ISBN 978-1-908-828-00-2.
- "The Order of Wearing of Australian Honours and Awards". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- It's an Honour Australian Government website