Member of the Order of Australia (AO) awarded for service worthy of particular recognition. The Order Of Australia insignia feature the golden wattle flower as the central emblem. The wattle motif is also carried through the riband. An individual ball of wattle blossom has been developed into a simple convex gold disc featuring a rich texture of beads and radiating lines to accentuate the central circlet which represents the surrounding sea. The wattle flower and colours of gold, and where used, royal blue are taken from the Commonwealth Coat Of Arms.
The Order of Australia was instituted with a General Division and a Military Division. The two divisions are distinguished by a different ribbon.
All classes of the order (Companion, Officer, Member and Medal of the Order) are available in both divisions. The eligibility criteria for the equivalent classes in the two divisions require similar levels of achievement, but those for the Military Division are designed to reflect military service. An individual may hold awards in both divisions and is entitled to wear the insignia of both. Appointments in the General Division take precedence over the equivalent appointment in the Military Division.
Those appointed to the Order of Australia are entitled to the postnominal letters AC, AO, AM or OAM according to the level of the appointment. The abbreviation ‘Mil’ may be added to distinguish an appointment in the Military Division by those who also hold an appointment in General Division.
IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: These honours are supplied with 250mm of riband in either the civilian or military division as ordered. This is sufficient riband for mounting in a frame, and sufficient for court or swing mounting of the medal; however significantly more riband will need to be purchased for the neck sash of the Officer or Member classes of the order. Please email for more details as this riband stock is VERY expensive and the price varies on availability at the time.