Service in the Australian Defence Force, and the contribution of veterans and their families, is recognised in many ways.
Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant
The Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant serves to acknowledge military service and the contribution of veterans and their families. The Covenant is supported by:
These provide the opportunity for Australians to identify veterans when they are not in uniform or wearing their medals, and offer respect to them and their families.
Find out more about the Australian Defence Veterans’ on the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) website.
Certificate of Appreciation
Veterans or a family member can apply for a Certificate of Appreciation that is issued as a national gesture of thanks for military service. More information on how to apply for a Certificate of can be found on the DVA website.
Defence Honours and Awards
The Defence Honours and website provides a wide range of information on:
- Australian Defence Honours Awards and Recognition policy
- applying for medals that you may be eligible for but have not received
- how to apply for a list of previously issued awards of deceased relatives.
Veterans or holders of a deceased family member’s medals are entitled to one replacement set of medals, where a replacement set has not already been issued.
Reviewed 05 November 2021