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National Emergency Medal Victorian Fires 2009

By: Euan Ferguson

  11.00 AM 6 July, 2012

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On 23rd October, 2011 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth approved the regulations for a new medal in the Australian Honours System - the National Emergency Medal (NEM). This medal was established to recognise service to others during a nationally-significant emergency.

On 16th December, 2011, the Director of the Australian Honours & Awards Secretariat wrote to CFA advising that the 2009 Victorian bushfires have been declared nationally-significant emergency. Other nationally-significant emergencies that were also declared are Cyclone Yasi and the floods that happened in Queensland during December 2010 and January 2011.


CFA was invited to submit an initial list of 30 nominations for consideration and approval by the Governor-General. Subsequent to this, a further request was made for nominations from all Brigades/Groups/Districts/Regions and Directorates, with a closing date of April 30th, 2012. 

During the 2012 Australia Day Honours, two CFA members were selected from the initial 30 nominations and awarded with the National Emergency Medal. 

In March 2012, CFA received advice from the Australian Honours & Awards Secretariat that the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat were seeking clarification from the National Emergency Medal Committee regarding a number of matters that had arisen in relation to this new Award. As a result, a Guide to the National Emergency Medal has been developed, which provides further advice regarding the criteria and application process for the award. Copies of the Guide are now available online at

In June 2012, CFA received the remaining 28 National Emergency Medals from the initial 30 nominations. These medals will be presented to recipients at a joint function, at a date and venue to be determined. Further advice regarding this will follow in the near future. 

Next steps

As a result of the request for nominations to Brigades, Groups, Districts and Regions in excess of 4500 nominations have been received. These nominations are currenly being prepared for submission to the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat by the end of July, 2012. Supply of and awarding of the medals will be provisional on approval from the Commonwealth occurring. 

On advice from the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat, we anticipate that the arrival of these National Emergency Medals will occur during 2013. We are unable at this stage to advise on an exact date. Further advice on the awarding of these National Emergency Medals will be provided in due course, once the nominations have been considered by the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat. 

For eligible memebers that may not yet have been nominated for the National Emergency Medal (Victorian Fires 2009), please complete the nomination schedule and submit to Operational Training and Volunteerism, which is available on the Governor-General's website at

Should you have any questions or comments, please direct to Kate Harrap, Manager Volunteerism, Operational Training & Volunteerism at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" title="Email Kate Harrap" mce_' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy24493 + '\'>'+addy_text24493+'<\/a>'; //--> or by phone at 03 8822 8066.


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