Information in regards to Service Medals

Department of Defence

Please use the contact information below if you would like information on eligibility or to ascertain what medals have been previously awarded or remain unissued.

Toll-free Medals Inquiry line: 1800 111 321. 

Click here for more information.

There is currently a delay in the processing of applications for medal assessment. The Department of Defence understands that these delays can be frustrating, and urge people to visit the website where the current processing delay will be documented.

Replica Medals

Replica medals are available from medal dealers or commercial military memorabilia outlets. Many of these replicas are high quality and can be difficult to distinguish from the originals.

To request a list of your relative’s entitled awards click here and complete the Defence Medals Online Application Form, selecting List of Previous Awards as the application type.

Republic of Korea War Service Medal

The Republic of Korea War Service Medal was introduced by South Korea in 1951 to recognise the assistance provided by members of the United Nations forces in combatting communist aggressions in Korea.

Veterans who have been awarded with the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp KOREA are also eligible for the Republic of Korea War Service medal.

The eligibility criteria, as directed by the Republic of Korea, can be viewed here.

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation

Australian Defence Force members who served during the Vietnam War have been recognised with the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation (the Citation).

Individuals who believe they could be eligible can submit an application here.

National Archives of Australia

Following the death of the last World War I veteran in 2005, the entitlement to the replacement of World War I medals ended. If World War I medals have been lost, you can purchase these from a reputable medals dealer.

To check what medals a Veteran was issued, you can access their service record, which are held at the National Archives of Australia, through the Discovering ANZAC’s portal.

Australian War Memorial (AWM)

Contact the Research Centre with reference enquiries and for information about Reading Room services and inter-library loans, including researching the collection and your family history. (02) 6243 4315.

Service Medal Donations

RSLWA, as a general rule, does not accept service medals. You may like to speak to the Army Museum of Western Australia (Fremantle) on (08) 9430 2535 about a possible donation. However, we are happy to help assist in the finding of descendants in order to return medals to the family.

Wearing Of Medals

When wearing medals, strict attention should be paid to the correct forms of dress. Please see here for information.

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