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Administered by: Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief
Published Date 13 Apr 2015





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Commonwealth of Australia


It is notified for general information that Her Majesty The Queen has approved amendments to the Constitution of the Order of Australia to make the Council for the Order of Australia responsible for recommending appointments as Knights and Dames to the Order, as detailed in the following Letters Patent and Schedule of amendments.


Original signed “Elizabeth R”

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,


WHEREAS, by Letters Patent dated 14 February 1975, We established a society of honour known as the “Order of Australia” and made provision with respect to the membership and the Constitution of the Order;

AND WHEREAS it is desirable that certain amendments be made to the Constitution of the Order.

KNOW YOU that We do, by these Presents, declare Our pleasure that the Letters Patent dated 14 February 1975, as subsequently amended by Our Letters Patent, be further amended, but without prejudice to anything lawfully done under them, as 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 10 March 2015


Original signed “Tony Abbott”

By Her Majesty’s Command



Prime Minister



Constitution of the Order of Australia

1  Paragraph 5(a)

Omit “as Companion, Officer or Member”.

2  Section 8A

Repeal the section.

3  Section 9

Omit “as Companion, Officer or Member”.

4  Subsection 19(1A)

Repeal the subsection.