Public Service Medal

The Public Service Medal is a prestigious medal within the Australian Honours System designed to recognise Public Sector Officers who have made a contribution to the community through the outstanding performance of their duties.

NSW nominations for the Medal are made to the Premier, through the NSW Public Service Medal Committee which is administered by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Who can be nominated?

Public Sector employees of the Commonwealth Government, State and Territory governments and local governments are eligible to be nominated for the Medal.
Department employees who deserve recognition for outstanding performance of their duties can be nominated. The Medal is awarded for meritorious service. Long service alone is not a sufficient basis for nomination.
The medal is not confined to senior officers. It is available to any public sector employee. In the past has been awarded to administrative or clerical staff and employees involved in operational roles. In all of these instances, "outstanding service" has been the definitive criteria for the Medal.

When do nominations close? 

Nominations for the Public Service Medal are sought twice a year for Australia Day and Queen's Birthday.
Nominations for the Public Service Medal, for announcement on Australia Day 2018 have now closed. Nominations for the Public Service Medal, for announcement on Queen's Birthday 2018 should be forwarded to the Human Resources Directorate by 5pm Friday 15 December 2017.

Nomination Guidelines and Nomination Form

Nomination Guidelines (pdf 330 KB)
Nomination Form (pdf 564 KB)
Completed nominations are to be emailed to
Please do not send the nomination directly to the Secretary of the department or to NSW Department of Premiers and Cabinet.


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Further Information


Leah Warrior
Human Resources Directorate
Phone: (02) 9836 9606