Order of Wearing of honours awarded prior to 6 October 1992

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This article shows the Order of Wearing of honours within the Australian Honours System if awarded prior to 6 October 1992.[1]

For the Order of Wearing of honours awarded after 5 October 1992, see Australian Honours Order of Wearing.

If awarded prior to 6 October 1992[edit]

Items marked with * are awards of the British Empire/United Kingdom and are now considered foreign.[2]

Honours and Awards listed in bold print 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.
    • – all imperial British awards made to Australian citizens after 5 October 1992 are foreign awards and should be worn accordingly.

Those Honours and Awards listed UNBOLDED print are Imperial awards.[2]


  1. Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross[3] VC
  2. George Cross UK ribbon.png George Cross* GC (equal precedence to the Victoria Cross, but second in the order of wear)
  3. AUS Cross of Valour.png Cross of Valour CV (equal precedence to the Victoria Cross and George Cross, but third in the order of wear)
  4. Order of the Garter UK ribbon.png Knight/Lady of the Garter KG/LG
  5. Order of the Thistle UK ribbon.png Knight/Lady of the Thistle KT/LT
  6. Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath* GCB
  7. Galó de l'Orde del Mèrit (UK).png Order of Merit OM
  8. OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Knight/Dame of the Order of Australia[4] AK/AD
  9. Ord.St.Michele-Giorgio.png Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George* GCMG
  10. Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order GCVO
  11. Order of the British Empire (Civil) Ribbon.png Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division)* GBE Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png (Military Division)*
  12. OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Companion of the Order of Australia (Civil Division) AC Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png (Military Division)
  13. Order of Companions of Honour ribbon.png Companion of the Order of the Companions of Honour* CH
  14. Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath* KCB/DCB
  15. Ord.St.Michele-Giorgio.png Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George* KCMG/DCMG
  16. Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Knight/Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order KCVO/DCVO
  17. Order of the British Empire (Civil) Ribbon.png Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire* KBE/DBE Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png (Military Division)*
  18. Knight-Bachelor.ribbon.png Knight Bachelor* (Confers the title of "Sir" with no postnominals.)
  19. OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (Civil Division) AO Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png (Military Division)
  20. Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Companion of the Order of the Bath* CB
  21. Ord.St.Michele-Giorgio.png Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George* CMG
  22. Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Commander of the Royal Victorian Order CVO
  23. Order of the British Empire (Civil) Ribbon.png Commander of the Order of the British Empire* CBE Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png (Military Division)*
  24. SGAustRibbon.png Star of Gallantry SG
  25. SCAustRibbon.png Star of Courage SC
  26. Dso-ribbon.png Companion of the Distinguished Service Order* DSO
  27. DSC (Australia) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Cross DSC
  28. OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Member of the Order of Australia (Civil Division) AM Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png (Military Division)
  29. Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order LVO
  30. Order of the British Empire (Civil) Ribbon.png Officer of the Order of the British Empire* OBE Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png (Military Division)*
  31. Ribbon Imperial Service Order.jpg Companion of the Imperial Service Order* ISO
  32. Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Member of the Royal Victorian Order MVO
  33. Order of the British Empire (Civil) Ribbon.png Member of the Order of the British Empire* MBE Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png (Military Division)*
  34. CSC Australia ribbon.png Conspicuous Service Cross CSC
  35. NSC Australia ribbon.png Nursing Service Cross NSC
  36. Royal Red Cross (UK) ribbon.png Royal Red Cross (1st Class – Member)* RRC
  37. Distinguished Service Cross (UK) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Cross* DSC (Imperial)
  38. Military Cross ribbon.png Military Cross* MC
  39. United Kingdom Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg Distinguished Flying Cross* DFC
  40. UK AFC ribbon.svg Air Force Cross* AFC
  41. Royal Red Cross (UK) ribbon.png Royal Red Cross (2nd Class – Associate)* ARRC
  42. MGAustRibbon.png Medal for Gallantry MG
  43. BMAustRibbon.png Bravery Medal BM
  44. DSM (Australia) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Medal DSM
  45. PSM Australia ribbon.png Public Service Medal PSM
  46. APM Australia ribbon.png Australian Police Medal APM
  47. AFSM Australia ribbon.png Australian Fire Service Medal AFSM
  48. ASM Australia ribbon.png Ambulance Service Medal ASM
  49. ESM Australia ribbon.png Emergency Services Medal ESM
  50. OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Medal of the Order of Australia (Civil Division) OAM Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png (Military Division)
  51. Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png Order of St John[5]
  52. UK Distinguished Conduct Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Conduct Medal* DCM
  53. CGM (Flying) UK ribbon.png Conspicuous Gallantry Medal* CGM
  54. George Medal (UK) ribbon.png George Medal* GM
  55. CSM Australia ribbon.png Conspicuous Service Medal CSM
  56. Australian Antarctic Medal ribbon.png Australian Antarctic Medal AAM
  57. Queens Police Medal (Gallantry) UK.png Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry* QPM
  58. Queens Fire Service Medal (Gallantry) UK.png Queen's Fire Service Medal for Gallantry* QFSM
  59. Distinguished Service Medal UK ribbon.png Distinguished Service Medal* DSM (Imperial)
  60. Military Medal UK ribbon.png Military Medal* MM
  61. Distinguished Flying Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Flying Medal* DFM
  62. AFM (UK) ribbon.png Air Force Medal* AFM
  63. SGM(UK)ribbon.jpg Sea Gallantry Medal* SGM
  64. Queens Gallantry Medal UK ribbon.png Queen's Gallantry Medal* QGM
  65. Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Royal Victorian Medal RVM
  66. Order of the British Empire (Civil) Ribbon.png British Empire Medal* BEM Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png (Military Division)*
  67. Queens Police Medal for Merit.png Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service* QPM
  68. Queens Fire Service Medal UK.png Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service* QFSM
  69. Commendation for Gallantry (Australia) ribbon.png Commendation for Gallantry
  70. Commendation for Brave Conduct (Australia) ribbon.png Commendation for Brave Conduct
  71. Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct*
  72. Commendation for Distinguished Service (Aust) ribbon.png Commendation for Distinguished Service

  73. War medals, campaign medals, active service medals and service medals (See Australian campaign medals)

  74. Police Overseas Service Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Police Overseas Service Medal
  75. Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal
  76. AUS National Emergency Medal ribbon bar.png National Emergency Medal
  77. Civilian Service Medal 1939-45 (Australia) ribbon.png Civilian Service Medal 1939–1945
  78. NPSM Ribbon.jpg National Police Service Medal[6]
  79. Polar Medal (UK) ribbon.png Polar Medal*
  80. Ribbon Imperial Service Order.jpg Imperial Service Medal*
  81. King Edward VII Coronation Medal (Military) ribbon.gif King Edward VII Coronation Medal (1902)
  82. King George V Coronation Medal ribbon.png King George V Coronation Medal (1911)
  83. GeorgeVSilverJubileum-ribbon.png King George V Silver Jubilee Medal (1935)
  84. GeorgeVICoronationRibbon.png King George VI Coronation Medal (1937)
  85. ElizabethIICoronationRibbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal (1953)
  86. Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977)
  87. Defence Force Service Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Defence Force Service Medal
  88. Reserve Force Decoration (Australia) ribbon.png Reserve Force Decoration RFD
  89. Reserve Force Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Reserve Force Medal
  90. Defence Long Service Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Defence Long Service Medal
  91. National Medal (Australia) ribbon.png National Medal
  92. Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
  93. Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal
  94. Champion Shots Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Champion Shots Medal

  95. Long Service Medals (Includes Imperial efficiency and long service awards.)

  96. Anniversary of National Service Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal

  97. Independence and Anniversary Medals* (in order of date of receipt)

  98. Foreign Awards (in order of date of authorisation of their acceptance and wearing). (See Foreign Campaign Medals)

Items marked with * are awards of the United Kingdom and are now considered foreign.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards", updated 25 September 2007. (Includes official post-nominals.) It's an Honour
  2. ^ a b c "- 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.)
  3. ^ "Refers to both the Imperial 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.)
  4. ^ "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." Order of Wearing, Page 5, Note 2.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ National Police Service Medal, It's an Honour – Australian Government Website
    National Police Service Medal fact sheet, It's an Honour – Australian Government Website

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