Distinguished Service Cross (Australia)

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Distinguished Service Cross
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Awarded by Australia
Type Medal
Eligibility Members of the Australian Defence Force
Awarded for Distinguished command and leadership in action
Status Currently awarded
Post-nominals DSC
Established 1991
First awarded 1993
Last awarded 2017 Australia Day Honours
Total awarded 97
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Star of Courage[1]
Next (lower) Member of the Order of Australia[1]
Related Distinguished Service Medal
Commendation for Distinguished Service
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Undress ribbon for DSC w/Bar

The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Australian Defence Force. It is awarded for distinguished command and leadership in action. The DSC was introduced in 1991 and is the highest distinguished service decoration in the Australian Honours System. Recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "DSC".[2] Since its inception 97 awards have been made—which includes seven Bars—with the most recent being announced in the 2017 Australia Day Honours.

Government allowance[edit]

The Government of Australia may grant an allowance to veterans or serving members of the Australian Defence Force who have been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, or other awards for gallantry. In November 2007, this allowance was A$2.10 per fortnight.[3]


The Distinguished Service Cross is described as: "...a modified Maltese Cross of nickel-silver ensigned with the Crown of St Edward. The obverse bears a Federation Star surmounted on a disc of flames. The medal has a nickel-silver suspender bar. The medal ribbon has a central ochre-red stripe surrounded by narrower silver-blue stripes."[2]

Distinct recipients[edit]

Since its inception, seven bars have been awarded;

One Bar
  • Colonel V, DSC & Bar – Citation: For distinguished command and leadership in action as a commanding officer on Operation Slipper in Afghanistan in June 2009.[4]
  • Lieutenant Colonel P, DSC & Bar – Citation: For distinguished command and leadership in action.[5]
  • Major General Michael Peter Crane, DSC & Bar, AM – Citation: distinguished command and leadership in warlike operations as the Commander of Joint Task Force 633 on Operation SLIPPER from October 2012 to September 2013.[6]
  • Lieutenant Colonel F, DSC & Bar – Citation: For distinguished command and leadership in warlike operations during Operation SLIPPER.[7]
  • Brigadier Daniel Fortune, DSC & Bar – Citation: for distinguished command and leadership in warlike operations on Operation SLIPPER.[8]
Two Bars
  • Lieutenant Colonel I, DSC & Two Bars – First citation: For distinguished command and leadership in warlike operations as Commanding Officer of Special Operations Task Group on Operation Slipper.[9] Second Citation: For distinguished leadership in warlike operations as part of a Special Operations Force on Operation OKRA from September 2014 to February 2015.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards" (PDF). Government House. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Distinguished Service Cross". Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Veteran's Entitlements Act 1986 – Sect 102". Commonwealth Consolidated Acts. Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 17 November 2007. 
  4. ^ COL V DSC & Bar, 26 January 2011, https://www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awards/australian-honours-lists
  5. ^ LTCOL P DSC & Bar, 26 January 2012, https://www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awards/australian-honours-lists
  6. ^ "MAJGEN Michael Peter Crane DSC & Bar, AM" (PDF). The Queen's Birthday 2014 Honours List – Gazette 3 Military. 9 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross entry for Lieutenant Colonel F, Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 26 January 2015, https://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=1151508&showInd=true. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2016; Second Reading". 21 November 2016. 
  9. ^ LTCOL I DSC & Bar, 26 January 2014, itsanhonour.gov.au
  10. ^ "Australia Day 2016 Honours List" (PDF). Australian Government. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.