Public Service Medal

Published: January 4, 2017

The Public Service Medal is part of the national system of Australian Honours and Awards and is awarded twice-yearly by the Governor-General.


The award is announced on Australia Day (26 January) and in June each year.


Campaign Periods

Nominations open on 1 November and close on 31 January (June Honours)

Nominations open on 1 June and close on 9 August (Australia Day Honours)

Available to download are Nomination forms, Nomination guidelines and FAQ document.


The Medal is designed to recognise outstanding public service – whether through leadership, service excellence, improved productivity and efficiency, or innovation in program, project or policy development. All local, State and Commonwealth Government public sector employees can be nominated unless they are eligible for other comparable awards, such as the Australian Police Service Medal or the Australian Fire Service Medal.

Outstanding public service includes delivering work above and beyond the normal requirements of the position, a special achievement or success in the performance of duty in difficult or unusual circumstances or sustained high-level performance by an individual with a focus on outcomes and recognisable benefits to clients and the workplace.

If you have any questions about the Public Service Medal, please contact the Australia Day Council of South Australia office at or on 08 8212 3999.

Applications can be forwarded to:
Public Service Medal Committee
Australia Day Council of South Australia
Office 18, 240 Currie Street, Adelaide SA 5000