DEFENCE HONOURS AND AWARDS TRIBUNAL REPORT INQUIRY INTO ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MEDAL

The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM
MP, today announced that he has accepted the recommendations of the
independent Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal report of the inquiry into
the eligibility criteria for the Australian Defence Medal.

“The Australian Defence Medal (ADM) recognises Australian Defence Force
(ADF) regular and Reserve personnel who have, within a set timeframe,
demonstrated their commitment and contribution to the nation,” Dr Kelly
said.

“The release of the findings fulfils a key Rudd Labor Government election
commitment. I am very pleased to announce that the Government has accepted
the Tribunal’s findings, and I have asked Defence to implement the
recommendations.”

In particular, the report recommends that applications for the ADM from
ex-serving members who were medically discharged without a compensable
injury or illness be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Following consideration of individual circumstances, a period of service
shorter than four years or within their initial enlistment period may be
deemed as efficient service for the purposes of the ADM Regulations.

The Tribunal has recommended no other changes to the eligibility criteria
for the ADM.

“The release of the Tribunal’s first report and the acceptance of the
recommendations clearly demonstrate the Government’s commitment to the
independent review of long-standing Defence honours and awards issues,”
Dr Kelly said.

Ex-serving ADF members who believe they may now be eligible for the ADM
should contact Defence Honours and Awards, toll free, on 1800 111 321.

The Tribunal’s full report is available at
www.defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au. Further information on Defence honours
and awards is available at: www.defence.gov.au/medals/

Media contacts:

Mark Sjolander (Dr Mike Kelly): 02 6277 4840 or 0407 102 220

Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664

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