Distinguished Service Medal (Australia)

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Distinguished Service Medal
DSM Australia medal.png

DSM (Australia) ribbon.png
Obverse of medal and ribbon
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 DSM
Established 15 January 1991
First awarded 1993
Last awarded 2017 Australia Day Honours
Total awarded 152
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Bravery Medal
Next (lower) Public Service Medal
Related Distinguished Service Cross
Commendation for Distinguished Service

The Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Australian Defence Force for distinguished leadership in action. The DSM was introduced in 1991 and is the second highest distinguished service decoration in the Australian Honours System. Recipients of the Distinguished Service Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "DSM". Since its inception 152 awards have been made—which includes six 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 Medal, or other awards for gallantry. At November 2007, this allowance was A$2.10 per fortnight.[1]


  • The Distinguished Service Medal is ensigned with the Crown of St Edward in nickel-silver. The obverse has a Federation star superimposed on a circle of flames.
  • The medal has a nickel-silver suspender bar.
  • The medal ribbon has alternating vertical stripes: four silver-blue and three ochre-red.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Veteran's Entitlements Act 1986 – Sect 102". Commonwealth Consolidated Acts. Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 

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