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AFSM nominations: call for Aust Day Honours 2018

By: Belinda Gillespie

Category: Honours & Awards

  3.39 PM 6 February, 2017

Location: General

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CFA values and honours exceptional contributions to protecting property and lives. You now have the opportunity to nominate outstanding people for recognition.

CFA is in the process of consolidating nominations for the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) for the Australia Day Honours 2018.

Due Date:  1 May, 2017 (CFA closing date)

Nomination Form: Brigades Online -

The Award

The Australian Fire Service Medal recognises distinguished service by members of Australian fire services.  It is awarded to paid and volunteer members. The AFSM is awarded by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the responsible minister. For CFA and the other Victorian fire services, the responsible minister is the Minister for Emergency Services. 

The quota each year for the combined fire services of Victoria is:

  • one award for each 1000      (or part of 1000) full-time permanent staff;
  • one award for each 5000      volunteer or auxiliary members; and
  • one additional award at      the discretion of the Minister.

The awards are announced on Australia Day (26 January) and the Queen’s Birthday (June) of each year.  Recipients of the Australian Fire Service Medal are entitled to use the letters “AFSM” after their names to show that their outstanding service has been formally recognised.

What is the Medal Awarded for?

The sole criterion for the award of the Australian Fire Service Medal is distinguished service. “Distinguished service” includes service that is above and beyond the normal zealous and faithful discharge of normal or ordinary service, whether short term or prolonged. It could be a special achievement or success in the performance of duty in difficult or unusual circumstances, or sustained high-level performance with outcomes and recognisable benefits to CFA, the fire service in general or the community. The service must be exceptional.  Long service should not be used as a basis for making nominations.

Are nominations Confidential?

All nominations are strictly confidential and the information provided will be used only to assist in considering the merits of the nomination.  The person being nominated should not be approached for information or advised of the confidential nomination at any stage of the process.

Where do I go for assistance?

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Phone 9262 8842

Nomination Form via Brigades Online

Last Updated: 10 February 2017