Member of the Order of Australia In the Australian honours system appointments to T he Mem ber o f the the Order of Australia confer recognition for O r der o f Au s tr a lia outstanding achievement and service. is a ba dge with a go ld-pla ted s ilv er The Member of the Order of Australia is awarded for ins ignia of the service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a O r der in the particular group. c entr e. Recipients of the Order of Australia are from many, fields of endeavour and all walks of life. About the award The Order of Australia has four levels: Companion of the Order (AC) Officer of the Order (AO) Medal design Member of the Order (AM), and The Member of the Order of Australia is a badge with Medal of the Order (OAM). a gold-plated silver insignia of the Order in the centre. The central insignia is inscribed with the word ‘Australia’. The circle also contains two gold sprigs of How it is awarded mimosa. The insignia is ensigned with the Crown of St Edward. The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service F as t fac ts of their fellow citizens. P OS T NOMINAL : Nominations to the Order of Australia come directly from the community: either individuals or groups. AM Once a nomination has been submitted, the INTR ODUC E D INTO THE AUS TR AL IAN HONOUR S S Y S TE M: Australian Honours Secretariat at Government House in Canberra conducts further research and 1975 contacts referees. NOMINATIONS : The Council of the Order of Australia then considers For more information or a nomination form for the the nominations. The Council makes its Order of Australia contact: recommendations, independent of government, direct to the Governor-General. The Secretary Awards in the Order of Australia are publicly Order of Australia announced on Australia Day (26 January) and the Government House Queen’s Birthday public holiday (June). Canberra, ACT 2600 Ph: 1800 552 275 Past recipient story Ron Russell AM was appointed a Member of the More information Order of Australia in 2004 for his services to engineering and his dedication to the welfare of the IT’S AN HONOUR W E B S ITE : www.itsanhonour.gov.au Hunter community in New South Wales, particularly for promoting apprenticeships and vocational training.