Honours and awards

The Australian honours and awards system celebrates the achievements and contributions of extraordinary Australians who have made a significant difference at a Territory or national level for the below awards.

For a list of Honouring Women in the Territory, go to the Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet website.

Order of Australia

The Order of Australia is the highest recognition for outstanding achievements and service of Australian citizens, including the General Division and the Military Division.

The four levels for each division are:

  • Companion of the Order (AC)
  • Officer of the Order (AO)
  • Member of the Order (AM)
  • Medal of the Order (OAM)

For more information, go to the Australian Government's Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Public Service Medal

The Public Service Medal recognises outstanding service by employees of the Australian Government and state, territory and local government employees.

For more information, go to the Australian Government's Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Australian Bravery Decorations

The Australian Bravery Decorations recognises acts of bravery by members of the community.

The individual decorations are:

  • Cross of Valour (CV)
  • Star of Courage (SC)
  • Bravery Medal (BM)
  • Commendation for Brave Conduct

There is also the Group Bravery Citation decoration for a group of people in a collective act of bravery.

For more information, go to the Australian Government's Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

National Australian of the Year Awards

The achievements and contributions of well-known Australians are celebrated every year through the Australian of the Year Awards.

The four categories are:

  • Australian of the Year
  • Senior Australian of the Year (65 years and over)
  • Young Australian of the Year (16 to 30 years)
  • Australia's Local Hero.

For more information, go to the Australian of the Year Awards website.

NT Australian of the Year Awards

Excellence and service to the NT is recognised through the NT Australian of the Year Awards.

The four categories are:

  • NT Australian of the Year
  • NT Senior Australian of the Year (65 years and over)
  • NT Young Australian of the Year (16 to 30 years)
  • NT Local Hero

Category winners will compete for the National Australian of the Year Awards.

For more information, go to the Australian of the Year Awards website.

Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

The awards are run by Awards Australia and recognise young people for their achievements in the categories of:

  • innovation
  • agriculture
  • regional and rural initiatives
  • career achievement
  • Aboriginal educators
  • carers
  • leadership
  • small business achievements
  • indigenous achievements
  • environment
  • community services
  • sports.

Winners receive $2,000 and a trophy.

The overall NT Young Achiever of the Year will receive another $2,000 and a trophy.

Nominees must be:

  • 29 years old or younger
  • resident of the NT for two years or more.

If residing outside of the NT, the activity must be relevant to the NT.

To nominate, go to the Awards Australia website.


Last updated: 26 August 2021

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