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AFSM Nominations - Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017

By: Belinda Gillespie

Category: Honours & Awards

  3.08 PM 2 August, 2016

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CFA is in the process of consolidating nominations for the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) for the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017.

Due Date:1 November, 2016 (CFA closing date)

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.

Examples of service that could form the basis of a nomination include:

  •          a distinguished record of fire service or particular service of conspicuous merit including, for example, the development of successful fire control techniques, exceptional service through training or community education, or outstanding service in fire prevention and protection
  •          outstanding success in organising fire service resources or in maintaining their organisation under special difficulties
  •          prolonged service when distinguished by very exceptional ability and merit.

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.


For information regarding the criteria, how to apply and the nomination process, please refer to the CFA Honours and Awards Manual which is available through Brigades Online.

File path: Brigades Online > Brigade > Service History & Awards > About the Awards

Refer to the CFA Honours and Awards Nominator’s Guide for information and guidance about how to determine the most appropriate award, the importance of aligning the written nomination of a person to the criteria for the selected award, and finally, some guidance around the content of your nomination, so that the nominee has the best opportunity to be considered for special recognition.


Where do I go for assistance?

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone 1800 232 636

Nomination Form via Brigades Online

Last Updated: 02 August 2016