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Victoria Police has a range of honours and awards that recognises the achievements and or action of employees and members of the community. These include internal, external and national awards, recognising outstanding achievements and contributions by all employees.

The awards are administered by the Victoria Police Honours and Awards Unit on behalf of the Honours and Awards Committee.

National Police Service Medal (retrospective)

The National Police Service Medal (NPSM) is awarded by the Governor General to recognise the special status sworn police have because of their role in protecting the community.

The NPSM may be awarded to police both current and former members who have served Victoria Police or other Australian police jurisdictions for a period of 15 years or for periods that, in aggregate, amount to at least 15 years.

There are two qualifying groups for the NPSM:

  • initial qualifying group – serving on or after 30 October, 2008
  • extended qualifying group – serving on or after 14 February, 1975

Initial qualifying group

Employees and former employees in this group are being considered automatically for the NPSM.

Extended qualifying group

Former employees in this group must complete the NPSM application form which can be accessed from the It's an Honour website.

The issuing of the NPSM and the actual number of medals available is the responsibility of The Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat, Government House, Canberra. A precise timeline for issuing the NPSM to the extended qualifying group is not yet known and as it is anticipated to be a very lengthy process with the medal open to all Australian jurisdictions and we ask for your patience and understanding with this process.

External awards (in order of precedence)

Public Service Medal

The Public Service Medal (PSM) is awarded for outstanding public service and is awarded on Australia Day and Queen's Birthday each year.

Australian Police Medal

The Australian Police Medal (APM) recognises distinguished service by a sworn police officer and is awarded on Australia Day and Queen's Birthday each year.

Police Overseas Service Medal

The Police Overseas Service Medal (POSM) recognises service by employees of Australian police forces with international peacekeeping organisations.

Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal

The Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (HOSM) honours members of recognised Australian groups that perform humanitarian service overseas in hazardous circumstances.

National Emergency Medal

The National Emergency Medal (NEM) recognises the service to others during a national emergency.

National Police Service Medal

The National Police Service Medal (NPSM) is awarded in recognition of the ethical and diligent service of police officers.

National Medal

Available to sworn police employees only, the National Medal (NM) is awarded to specified categories of employees from recognised organisations for diligent service and good conduct over a sustained period. Issued for 15 years service with a clasp issued for each additional 10 years of eligible service.

Further information on any of the awards listed above please check the It's an Honour website.

Victoria Police internal awards – bravery and service excellence

Valour Award

The Victoria Police Valour Award is awarded to sworn police employees for a particular incident involving an act that displayed exceptional bravery in extremely perilous circumstances.

Medal for Excellence

Awarded to an employee/s who has/have demonstrated a consistent commitment to exceeding the organisational goals and priorities of Victoria Police.

Medal for Courage

Awarded to an employee/s who has/have performed an act of courage in fulfilment of their duties in dangerous and volatile operational circumstances.

Medal for Merit

Awarded to an employee/s who has/have demonstrated exemplary service to Victoria Police and the Victorian community.

Unit/Group Citation – Courage or Merit

As per the Medal for Courage and/or Medal for Merit criteria.

Department or Regional Commendation

A Department or Regional Commendation provides recognition of exceptional performance or service.

Divisional Commendation

A Divisional Commendation provides recognition of exceptional performance or exceptional service.

Unit or Group Commendation

A Unit or Group Commendation can be awarded at Department, Regional or Divisional level.

Members killed or seriously injured

Victoria Police Star

The Victoria Police Star is an award for employees killed or seriously injured, on or off duty.

Ethical or diligent service

Victoria Police Service Medal

The Victoria Police Service Medal (VPSM) is recognition by the Chief Commissioner of the sustained diligent and ethical service of Victoria Police employees. Medal issued for 10 years service with a clasp issued for each further period of 5 years eligible service.

Due to recent change in the eligibility criteria, the VPSM is now available to former employees who left Victoria Police prior to the introduction of the VPSM on 26th February 1996.

If you are a former Victoria Police employee and feel that you meet the eligibility criteria, please look at the applicant guide before downloading and completing the nomination form:


Thirty-Five Years Service Award

The 35 Years Service Award recognises employees who have an extensive and dedicated employment history with Victoria Police.

Internal awards to community members

Citizen's Commendation

A Citizen's Commendation is awarded to a community member who has performed a conspicuous act of bravery or provided exemplary service in connection with Victoria Police operations or for the community.

Company/Business Commendation

A Company/Business Commendation is awarded for performing or providing exemplary service or assistance in connection with any Victoria Police operation or for the community.

For further information on Victoria Police's Internal awards contact the Victoria Police Honours and Awards Unit at or by writing to the Honours and Awards Unit, C/O 637 Flinders Street, Docklands, VIC 3008.

External bravery awards

Victoria Police provides information to the Australian Bravery Decorations Council and the Royal Humane Society for consideration of recognition by those organisations.

Further information on these organisations and their awards can be found by clicking on the links below:

Australian Bravery Decorations –

Royal Humane Society –


Public Advocate’s Award

Victoria Police is calling for nominations for the 2019 Public Advocate’s Award for Outstanding Police Service for People with Disability.

The Awards recognise members of the community,  Victoria Police employees, police stations or work units that have provided outstanding service to people with disability. Nominations are welcomed from Victoria Police employees and members of the community.

Awards will be presented at the Victoria Police International Day of People with Disability celebration which will be held on 3 December 2019.

Nominations are open until 5.00 pm Friday 25 October 2019.


Reviewed 26 August 2021


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