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Distinguished Service Decorations Regulations - 15/01/1991

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Institution of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal and the Commendation for Distinguished Service for the purpose of awarding recognition to members of the Defence Force and certain other persons for distinguished command and leadership in action or in warlike operations
Administered by: Prime Minister and Cabinet
General Comments: Gazette No. S 25 of 1991 (4 February 1991)
Registered 25 Jan 2010

ELIZABETH R

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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth:

TO ALL to whom these Presents shall come,

GREETING:

WHEREAS it is desirable that there be instituted certain decorations for the purpose of according recognition to members of the Defence Force and certain other persons for distinguished command and leadership in action or distinguished leadership in action or distinguished performance of their duties in warlike operations:

KNOW YOU that We do by these Presents institute three Australian decorations to be designated and styled, respectively, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal and the Commendation for Distinguished Service:

AND WE DO ordain that the award of the decorations so instituted shall be governed by the Regulations set out in the Schedule.

IN WITNESS whereof We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent.

GIVEN under the Great Seal of Australia at Our Court at St James’s on 15 January 1991

Oval: L.S..By Her Majesty’s Command,

BOB HAWKE

Prime Minister


SCHEDULE

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE DECORATIONS REGULATIONS

Short title

1              These Regulations may be cited as the Distinguished Service Decorations Regulations.

Interpretation

2              In these Regulations —

“decoration” means —

                (a)    the Distinguished Service Cross;

               (b)    the Distinguished Service Medal;

                (c)    the Commendation for Distinguished Service; or

               (d)    a bar to the Cross or Medal;

“Defence Force” has the same meaning as in the Defence Act 1903;

“Minister” means the Minister of State for Defence.

Conditions for award of decorations

3       (1)   The Distinguished Service Cross shall be awarded only for distinguished command and leadership :n action.

         (2)   The Distinguished Service Medal shall be awarded only for distinguished leadership in action.

         (3)   The Commendation for Distinguished Service shall be awarded only for distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations.

4              Each decoration may be awarded posthumously.

5              The persons to whom a decoration may be awarded are —

                (a)    members of the Defence Force; and

               (b)    other persons determined by the Minister for the purposes of this regulation.

6              Any subsequent award of the Distinguished Service Cross or the Distinguished Service Medal to the same person shall be made in the form of a bar to the Cross or the Medal, as the case may be.

Making of awards

7              Awards of a decoration shall be made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister.

Making of immediate awards

8              An immediate award of a decoration may be made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister.

Designations

9       (1)   A person to whom the Distinguished Service Cross has been awarded is entitled to have the letters “DSC” placed after the person’s name on all occasions when the use of such letters is customary.

         (2)   A person to whom the Distinguished Service Medal has been awarded is entitled to have the letters “DSM” placed after the person’s name on all occasions when the use of such letters is customary.

         (3)   Where a person has been awarded a bar to a decoration, the person is entitled to have placed after the letters prescribed by this Regulation in respect of that decoration the words “and Bar” or the words “and Bars”, as the case may be.

Design of decorations

10            The design of each decoration shall be as prescribed.

Wearing of decorations

11            The manner of wearing each decoration shall be as determined by the Governor-General.

Registrar of Awards

12     (1)   There shall be a Registrar of Awards appointed by the Governor-General who shall maintain a Register of the names of persons to whom decorations have been awarded.

         (2)   The Registrar shall keep such other records relating to the award of decorations as the Governor-General directs.

Cancellation and reinstatement

13     (1)   The Governor-General may cancel an award of a decoration and may reinstate an award so cancelled.

         (2)   Where an award of a decoration is cancelled, the name of the person to whom the award was made shall be erased from the Register and the person shall return the decoration to the Registrar.

         (3)   Where an award that has been cancelled pursuant to sub-regulation (1) is reinstated, the Registrar shall restore the entry or entries in the Register that had been erased.