Nominations open for 2024 King’s Birthday Honours

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It’s time to recognise a CFA member you believe deserves to be honoured by nominating them for an Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours.


CFA volunteer and Board member Dawn Hartog AFSM reflects on receiving an AFSM in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours:

“I had to re-read the email three times to make sure it was correct.

“I then thought of all of the people before me who have been awarded an AFSM - the award that is the highest accolade we can receive in the sector - and I was humbled that I was considered for such an award.

“I still feel like I have so much to give and being recognised for what I have already contributed is a true honour.”

The AFSM recognises people in the fire services whose roles are inherently more hazardous than others, acknowledging the contribution they have made to their community in the protection of lives and property through their time at CFA.

It can also be awarded for the development of programs or initiatives and the delivery of training and education in support of fellow members on the frontline. Anyone can nominate a CFA member they know deserves to be honoured.

Nominations need to include information about your nominee’s:

  • active frontline/operational service with exposure to hazard 
  • past frontline/operational service (within two years) with exposure to hazard
  • significant or outstanding contribution to CFA and more broadly
  • distinguished service to CFA and more broadly

You will also need to secure two references.

CFA is a widely-diverse organisation, and nominations that recognise women and gender-diverse members, members from a range of cultural backgrounds and members of all sexualities are strongly encouraged.

To nominate, visit Members Online and download the new nomination form and supporting documentation. Previous nomination forms won’t be accepted.

Nominations close 1 November 2023, and are to be submitted by emailing  

Please refer to the CFA Honours and Awards Nominator’s Guide for assistance in developing your nomination.

If you would like to discuss your nomination or for any other award enquiries, email Belinda Gillespie at


Submitted by Shaunnagh O'Loughlin