Defence Industry Service Commendation

Has someone in your business – or perhaps a team of people – made an outstanding contribution to Australia’s defence industry that deserves special recognition?

The Defence Industry Service Commendation recognises outstanding achievement and dedication in the application of skills, judgement and innovation in the defence industry for the benefit of Australia’s defence capability. It is awarded by the Minister for Defence Industry.

To nominate someone for the commendation:

Defence Industry Service Commendation medallion

Nominations can be submitted at any time and are assessed every three months.

Eligibility

The commendation may be given to an individual or team in the Australian defence industry. The Australian defence industry consists of businesses with an Australian business number (ABN) and Australian-based industrial capabilities (such as Australian company and board presence, skills base, value-add work in Australia, infrastructure) that are providing or have the capacity to provide defence-specific or dual-use goods or services in a supply chain that leads to the Australian Department of Defence or an international defence force.

The following people are not eligible for the award:

  • employees of the Department of Defence
  • Co-Chairs of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability Advisory Board
  • individuals who are currently the subject of disciplinary or adverse administrative action or pending criminal charges.

Award criteria and endorsement

The circumstances nominated for a Defence Industry Service Commendation may relate to an isolated instance or to a series of instances over a period of time.

Nominations must be endorsed by:

  • the nominating organisation’s chief executive officer or vice president (or equivalent)
  • a sponsor, from either the Department of Defence or the defence industry prime contractor in the nominating organisation’s supply chain, who is able to verify the account given in the nomination.

Nominations will be vetted and assessed against the following criteria:

  • The applicant describes outstanding achievement and dedication in the application of skills, judgement or innovation in the Australian defence industry.
  • The applicant’s account identifies a tangible benefit to defence capability.
  • The applicant supports the nomination with verifiable claims.
  • The sponsor from the Department of Defence or prime contractor verifies the applicant’s account. The CDIC may also consult with other subject matter experts.

Assessment

The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) administers the scheme, including vetting nominations in consultation with the Department of Defence and presenting them to the Minister for Defence Industry. Approval of commendations resides solely with the Minister.

The CDIC will validate the claims made in award nominations with relevant Defence subject matter experts where required.

Unsuccessful nominations will be returned to the nominator with appropriate feedback.

Presentation and award set

Commendations are presented by the Minister for Defence Industry or the Minister’s delegate.

The commendation set consists of a certificate, medallion and lapel pin. For team awards, recipients are presented with a certificate and lapel pin. Lapel pins should be worn in a dignified manner such as on a coat lapel or similar.

The medallion and lapel pin feature the logo of the Australian Defence Force.

Defence Industry Service Commendation medallion

Defence Industry Service Commendation lapel pin

Replacement and retrospective issue of awards

Replacement of lost or damaged award sets are at the discretion of the Minister. Applications for the replacement of lost or damaged award sets are to be made to the Office of the Minister for Defence Industry in writing.

There is no provision in the Defence Industry Service Commendation scheme for retrospective conversion of former awards.

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