Conspicuous Service Medal

Conspicuous Service Medal front

Conspicuous Service Medal front
Conspicuous Service Medal back

Conspicuous Service Medal back


The Australian Conspicuous Service Medal is awarded for meritorious achievement or devotion to duty in non-war like situations.

It is the second level award of the Conspicuous Service Decorations.


The Conspicuous Service Medal and the Conspicuous Service Cross are distinctly Australian military awards.

It is awarded to members of the Australian Defence Force and certain other people such as members of philanthropic organisations.

The Conspicuous Service Medal was established on 18 October 1989 by Letters Patent.

How it is awarded

The Governor-General makes the award on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence.

The award is announced on the Australian Day and the Queen’s Birthday.

If the same person receives a further conspicuous service award it is in the form of a nickel-silver bar displaying the medal emblem. The bar is attached to the ribbon of the original award.

Recipients have the post-nominals of CSM. Those awarded a bar or bars may also use ‘and Bar’ or ‘and Bars’ after their name.

The decoration may be awarded posthumously.

The Conspicuous Service Medal is announced on Australia Day (26 January) and the Queen’s Birthday (June) of each year.

Medal Design

The Conspicuous Service Medal is a circular nickel-silver medal 38 millimetres in diameter. It is ensigned with the Crown of Saint Edward in nickel-silver. The front of the medal bears the Southern Cross surrounded by a laurel wreath. The back of the medal has a horizontal panel that is superimposed on a design of fluted rays.

Medal Ribbon

The medal is suspended from a 32 millimetre wide ribbon, by a nickel-silver suspension bar. The ribbon has alternating equal-width, diagonal stripes of bush green and sandy gold.