Call for AFSM Queen's Birthday Honours nominations

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


The Australian Fire Service Medal

CFA is in the process of consolidating nominations for the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) for the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019.

Due date:  1 November 2018 (CFA closing date)

Nomination form:

The Award

The Australian Fire Service Medal recognises distinguished service by members of fire services agencies across Australia. 

In Victoria, this means a member of the following fire service agencies, as defined in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria, i.e.:

  • Country Fire Authority
  • Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Only one award is presented to an individual, and recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters ‘AFSM’. Medals are awarded biannually in the Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists.

How it is awarded

The AFSM is awarded by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the responsible Commonwealth, state or territory ministers.

In Victoria, this is the Minister for Emergency Services, acting on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.

Quota for the AFSM 

For any state, the maximum number if medals awarded in a calendar year is determined on a quota basis, calculated on the number of combined membership of the fire services as at 30 June in the previous calendar year.

For Victoria, the AFSM is limited to:

  • One award for each 1,000 (or part of 1000) full-time permanent members of the fire service or combined fire services per calendar year;
  • One award for each 5,000 (or part of 5,000) for part-time, volunteer or auxiliary members of the fire service or combined fire services per calendar year; and
  • One additional award, which will be awarded at the discretion of the Minister.

There is no obligation to award the entire quota each year.

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.

Please refer to the CFA Honours and Awards Nominator’s Guide for assistance on 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?


Phone 9262 8842


Author: Belinda Gillespie