The Order of Australia, instituted by Her Majesty The Queen on 14 February 1975, was established as “an Australian society of honour for the purpose of according recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service”.
The Order comprises a General Division and a Military Division.
Australian citizens, including members of the Defence Force are eligible to receive awards in the General Division.
Awards of the Medal of the Order are made for service worthy of particular recognition.
In the State Emergency Service (WA) a number of persons have been awarded the Medal of the Order (OAM).