Ambulance Service Medal (Australia)

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Ambulance Service Medal
Ambulance Service Medal (Australia).png

ASM Australia ribbon.svg
Obverse of medal and ribbon
Awarded by Australia
Type Medal
Eligibility members of an Australian ambulance service
Awarded for distinguished service
Status Currently awarded
Post-nominals ASM
Established 7 July 1999
Last awarded 2018 Australia Day Honours
Total awarded approx. 350[1]
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)
Next (lower) Emergency Services Medal (ESM)

The Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) is awarded for distinguished service by a member of an Australian ambulance service. The ASM was introduced in 1999.

Awards are made by the Governor-General, on the nomination of the responsible minister in each state and territory. The total number of awards made each year must not exceed the following quota:

  • one award for each 1,000, or part of 1,000, full-time permanent members of a state’s ambulance service
  • one award for each 5,000, or part of 5,000, part-time, volunteer or auxiliary members in a state
  • one award for ambulance members in each of the ACT, NT and the combined External Territories.

Recipients of the Ambulance Service Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "ASM".


  • The Ambulance Service Medal is circular and of silver and bronze tones. The front of the medal displays the Federation Star superimposed on a modified Maltese cross, which is representative of ambulance services. This rests on a bed of Australian wattle. The Federation Star is surrounded by twenty-four balls signifying the twenty-four hours per day the Ambulance Service is available to the community.
  • The back of the medal bears the inscription ‘For Distinguished Service’.
  • The 32 millimetre-wide ribbon features a chevron or V-shaped pattern. The angles are derived from the open end of the arm of the cross. The chevrons are in alternate red, white, red, silver-grey.

See also[edit]

Australian Honours Order of Precedence


  1. ^ In February 2018 there were 355 entries for the Ambulance Service Medal in the It's an Honour database.
    1) Go to the "Simple Search" page.
    2) Type "ambulance" into the Award keyword and press enter.
    3) Click on the "Ambulance Service Medal" box.
    4) Click on the "Search" box.