The Conspicuous Service Cross was introduced in 1989 to recognise outstanding devotion to duty, or outstanding achievement in the application of exceptional skills, judgement or dedication, in non-warlike situations. The medal is a nickel-silver modified Maltese cross with the arms of the Cross interspersed with fluted rays. The obverse bears a central device of the Southern Cross surrounded by a laurel wreath. The reverse has a horizontal panel for recipient details.
The ribbon has alternating diagonal stripes of bush green and sandy gold.
A further award is denoted by a nickel-silver bar with a central replica of the Cross flanked by laurel leaves.
When the ribbon is worn alone, the award of a bar is indicated by a ribbon bar emblem in the form of the Cross. Recipients of the Cross are entitled to the postnominal letters ‘CSC’. Recipients of a bar add ‘and Bar’ to the postnominal.