Australian Honours Order of Wearing
The Governor General of Australia has, at irregular intervals, notified for general information the positioning of the wearing of Australian Orders, Decorations and Medals in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards was last published in 2007, and replaced the previous list published in 2002.
Prior to 2002, the lists were named the Australian Order of Precedence of Honours and Awards. With the cessation in 2013 of the gazettal of lists of recipients of Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday Honours, it is not yet known if future issues of the Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards will be gazetted.
Order of wear
Honours and Awards listed are:
- those within the Australian System of Honours and Awards;
- those conferred by The Sovereign in exercise of the Royal Prerogative;
- those within the Order of St John; and
- foreign awards, the acceptance and wearing of which have been authorised by the Governor-General.
Note that awards of the British Empire/United Kingdom are now considered foreign (if awarded after 5 October 1992), and should be worn accordingly.
If awarded after 5 October 1992
- Victoria Cross for Australia VC
- Cross of Valour CV (equal precedence to the Victoria Cross for Australia, but second in the order of wear)
- Knight/Lady of the Garter KG/LG
- Knight/Lady of the Thistle KT/LT
- Member of the Order of Merit OM
- Knight/Dame of the Order of Australia  AK/AD
- Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order GCVO
- Companion of the Order of Australia (General Division) AC (Military Division)
- Knight/Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order KCVO/DCVO
- Officer of the Order of Australia (General Division) AO (Military Division)
- Commander of the Royal Victorian Order CVO
- Star of Gallantry SG
- Star of Courage SC
- Distinguished Service Cross DSC
- Member of the Order of Australia (General Division) AM (Military Division)
- Lieutenant LVO and Member MVO of the Royal Victorian Order
- Conspicuous Service Cross CSC
- Nursing Service Cross NSC
- Medal for Gallantry MG
- Bravery Medal BM
- Distinguished Service Medal DSM
- Public Service Medal PSM
- Australian Police Medal APM
- Australian Fire Service Medal AFSM
- Ambulance Service Medal ASM
- Emergency Services Medal ESM
- Medal of the Order of Australia (General Division) OAM (Military Division)
- Order of St John
- Conspicuous Service Medal CSM
- Australian Antarctic Medal AAM
- Royal Victorian Medal RVM
- Commendation for Gallantry
- Commendation for Brave Conduct
- Commendation for Distinguished Service
- Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975
- Korea Medal
- United Nations Service Medal for Korea
- Vietnam Medal
- Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal
- Australian Active Service Medal
- International Force East Timor Medal (INTERFET)
- Afghanistan Medal
- Iraq Medal
- Australian Service Medal 1945–1975
- Australian General Service Medal Korea
- Australian Service Medal
- Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection
- Australian Operational Service Medal - Greater Middle East Operation
- Australian Operational Service Medal - Civilian
- Rhodesia Medal
- Police Overseas Service Medal
- Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal
- National Emergency Medal
- Civilian Service Medal 1939–1945
- National Police Service Medal
- Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
- 80th Anniversary Armistice Remembrance Medal (1999)
- Australian Sports Medal (2000)
- Centenary Medal (2001)
- Defence Force Service Medal
- Reserve Force Decoration RFD
- Reserve Force Medal
- Defence Long Service Medal
- National Medal
- Australian Defence Medal
- Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal
- Champion Shots Medal
- Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal
- Foreign Awards (in order of date of authorisation of their acceptance and wearing).
The following citations are not positioned according to the list above. For members of the uniformed services, they are worn according to respective Service dress rules. For civilians, they are worn centrally above any other honours or awards:
Specific foreign awards are not mentioned on the Order of Wear - just the general comment that foreign awards appear after the awards mentioned.
However, the following are international and foreign honours commonly awarded to Australians for various reasons.
|Commandeur||Legion of Honour - awarded for Excellent civil or military conduct delivered||France|
|Distinguished Service Order (Military)||Singapore|
|Meritorious Service Medal (Military)|
|Order of National Security Merit - usually awarded for joint operations||South Korea|
|Civil||Order of the British Empire - awarded for Miscellaneous (civil or military) service||United Kingdom|
|Commander||Legion of Merit - awarded to senior defence commanders||United States|
|Meritorious Service Medal - usually awarded for joint operations|
For foreign awards commonly awarded to Australians for campaign and peacekeeping service please refer to the list on Australian Campaign Medals.
- Orders, decorations, and medals of Australia
- Post-nominal letters
- List of post-nominal letters (Australia)
- Australian Commendations and Citations
- Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. S101 of Thursday, 4 April 2002 and No. S192 of Friday, 28 September 2007
- eg Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. S113 of Wednesday, 9 May 1990 and No. S26 of Monday, 4 February 1991
- Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. S15 of Saturday 26 January 2013 is a notice that states: "The Governor-General is pleased to announce appointments and awards to orders and decorations listed with a note that a comprehensive list of recipients can be found at www.gg.gov.au"
- "The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards", updated 25 September 2007. (Includes official post-nominals.) It's an Honour
- "- all Imperial awards made to Australian citizens after 5 October 1992 are foreign awards and should be worn accordingly." Order of Wearing, updated 25 September 2007. page 1. (Generally, foreign awards are worn after Australian awards, and postnominals of foreign awards are not recognised.)
- "Refers to both the Victoria Cross and the Victoria Cross for Australia." Order of Wearing, Page 5, Note 1. (Generally, foreign awards are worn after Australian awards, and postnominals of foreign awards are not recognised.)
- Conferred by The Sovereign in exercise of the Royal Prerogative
- "Provision for further awards at this level within the Order of Australia was removed by Her Majesty The Queen on 3 March 1986 on the advice of the Prime Minister. The grade was reinstated on 25 March 2014 on the advice of the Prime Minister." Order of Wearing, Page 5, Note 2.
- a) Listed to indicate where any awards within the Order of St John should be worn; however, the Service Medal of the Order of St John should be worn as a Long Service Medal after all other Imperial Long Service awards.
b) "Post-nominals within the Order of St John are not recognised." (As notified in the Governor-General's media release of 14 August 1982.) Order of Wearing, Page 5, Note 3.
- Clasps to these medals should be worn on the ribbon in order of date of receipt.
- Uniquely, although a foreign award, the United Nations Service Medal for Korea is worn immediately after the Korea Medal. All other foreign awards for which official permission has been given to accept and wear are worn as Foreign Awards.
- A person who has been awarded the Vietnam Medal, or who is eligible for the award of the Vietnam Medal, is not eligible for the award of the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal. These medals are of equal status.
- "What is the order of wear for the OSM?". Australian Operational Service Medal. Royal Australian Navy.
- The Jubilee Medals have been awarded by The Sovereign in exercise of the Royal Prerogative to those awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia and Cross of Valour
- It's an Honour – Australian government website
- Wearing Awards – Australian government It's an Honour website
- Defence Honours & Awards – Australian Defence Force website[dead link]
- The Defence Honours and Awards Manual (DHAM)
- Chapter 4 of the manual includes a link to the "current" (2007) Order of Wearing, but more usefully:
- Annex A contains: A modified order of wearing that is designed to make the order of wearing Defence awards more easily understood ... The modified version provides a complete list of all awards by incorporating those campaign and other medals that are included separately in annexes to the original schedule.