Australian Antarctic Medal nominations

The Governor General with a row of medals on his chest pins a medal to the chest of a scientists.
Matt Filipowski received his 2008 Antarctic Medal from the Governor-General at a ceremony at Government House in Canberra. (Photo: ID Photographics)

Anyone may nominate an expeditioner for an Australian Antarctic Medal. In most cases a nomination should be supported by other persons in addition to the primary nominator.

To be considered for the award of the Australian Antarctic Medal the candidate must have provided outstanding service to Australia’s Antarctic Program.

He or she must have:

  • spent at least 12 months in the Antarctic (this may be accumulated, for example, over several summers – it is not necessary to have wintered)
  • made a significant, unique contribution to the Australian Antarctic Program – simply carrying out the prescribed duties of his or her position, or completing the required research, no matter how well is, by itself, insufficient unless there are circumstances of unforeseen and very considerable hazard or difficulty
  • demonstrated commendable work attitudes and value as a member of the expedition, station group, or field party.

The award may, in exceptional circumstances, be nominated for all members of a field team where all have contributed notably to the achievement which it is desired to commend.

As a guide to what the Committee considers is encompassed by ‘outstanding’, it is seen as being a combination of commitment, contribution, performance, persistence and ‘going the extra mile’.

The Committee does not see the Australian Antarctic Medal as a ‘long service award’.

Nominations for the Medal should be timely and relevant and should be made at, or soon after the time of outstanding service. As a guide, no more than five years should lapse between the service for which recognition is sought and the submission of the nomination.

Under no circumstances should the candidate be aware that he or she is being nominated for the award.

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) may undertake further research into the candidate and may contact other persons familiar with the candidate’s work.

Nominations are not restricted to Australian citizens and the Medal may be awarded posthumously.

Download the nomination form [Word] and forward your completed version to the AAD Antarctic Medal Committee Secretary at or 203 Channel Highway, Kingston Tasmania, 7050.