The Public Service Medal is a prestigious medal within the Australian Honours System designed to recognise Public Sector Officers who have made a contribution to the community through the outstanding performance of their duties. The medal is awarded by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Premier.
Nominations for the Medal are made to the Premier by Chief Executive Officers, through the NSW Public Service Medal Committee which is administered by the Premier's Department.
As part of the Government's commitment to excellence in public sector management, I encourage Chief Executives to consider nominating officers who deserve appropriate recognition for their efforts. It should be noted that the Medal is awarded for meritorious service. Long service alone is not a sufficient basis for nomination.
All Public Sector employees of the Commonwealth Government, State and Territory governments and local governments are eligible for the Medal, except for members of the Defence Force, and the police and fire services who are eligible for comparable awards.
The medal is not confined to senior officers. It is available to any public sector employee. It has been awarded in the past to administrative/clerical staff and employees involved in 'operational' roles. In all of these instances, "outstanding service" has been the definitive criteria for the Medal.
Nominations are sought for announcement in the Queen's Birthday Awards in 2006. Nominations close 31 January 2006.
The Public Service Medal Nomination Form (Word format), which includes award guidelines, is available from the Australian Honours website www.itsanhonour.gov.au.
Col Gellatly Director General
updates C2005-19, updated by C2006-04