Replica National Medal mounted

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National Medal The National Medal recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary organisations that risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster. It is Australia’s most awarded civilian medal. About the award The National Medal was established in 1975 as one of the first three elements of the Australian honours system. When the medal was first introduced it recognised 15 years of diligent service by members of the Defence Force, Australian police forces, and fire and ambulance services. Eligibility for the National Medal progressively changed. It now includes government organisations such as ambulance, correctional, emergency, fire and police forces, and voluntary organisations such as lifesaving or search and rescue groups. New regulations were formally introduced on 18 June 1999 by Letters Patent. How it is awarded The Governor-General awards the National Medal. Nominations are made by the chief officer of the nominee’s organisation. The chief officer also administers the medal. The award recognises long service in eligible organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members. Many, but not all, eligible groups are uniformed. Fifteen years’ service is required to qualify. Clasps are available for each additional ten years’ service.

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