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Australian Honours

The Australian Honours System, established in 1975, recognises the special contribution Australian citizens make to their communities locally, nationally, and overseas across a wide range of fields.

Activities include voluntary endeavour and contributions to the Arts, Industry, Commerce, Education, Health, Charities, the Professions, the Armed Services, and acts of bravery.

Awards and honours are approved by the Governor-General and are announced on Australia Day, 26th January and on The Queen’s official birthday, usually the second Monday in June. Australian Bravery Decorations are announced in March and August.

How can I nominate a worthy Australian?

An Australian citizen can be nominated for an honour by any individual, a community organisation, a professional body, or similar group.

Submit an online form

Submit an electronic form and find out further information:

Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat (external link)

Request a printed form

Request a printed form by contacting the Honours Secretariat:

The Honours Secretariat
Government House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6283 3533 

More information

If you have any questions about the nomination process, email

For general information, visit Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‘It’s an Honour’ (external link)

Presentation of Honours in Western Australia

An important part of the Governor’s role is the recognition of significant service and outstanding contribution to the Western Australian community.

The Governor conducts official investiture ceremonies in Government House Ballroom twice annually, usually in April and September (generally in the late afternoon), to formally invest Western Australian recipients with their national honours and awards.

The Governor’s Establishment advises recipients in writing of investiture ceremony arrangements in the weeks following the announcement of the awards.

Investiture ceremonies – video and livestream

View videos of recent investiture ceremonies or access a livestream

Photos and profiles of current Western Australian recipients

Australia Day 2019 Honours 

Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours