An important part of the role of the Governor, both at Government House and around the State, is the recognition of significant contributions to the Victorian community.
This is done in a wide variety of ways, including honours and awards in the Order of Australia, Bravery Awards, Australian of the Year awards, Rhodes Scholarships, the Governor of Victoria’s Export Awards, and a range of other awards for volunteering, research and other forms of excellence.
The Governor presents these honours, awards and medals to recipients at official ceremonies and functions at Government House.
Australian honours and awards
Australia’s system of honours and awards recognises an individual’s excellence, achievement or meritorious service and contribution to our society.
The awards and honours are announced twice a year by the Governor-General on Australia Day (26 January) and on the Queen’s Birthday in June.
Australia’s system of honours and awards includes the following categories:
- the Order of Australia, which recognises outstanding achievement and service. The Order of Australia has both a General Division and a Military Division and includes Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
- Australian Bravery Decorations, which recognise acts of bravery by Australian citizens in ordinary life
- Gallantry Decorations, which recognise members of the Australian Defence Force and certain other persons who perform acts of gallantry in action
- Meritorious Awards, including the Public Service Medal, the Australian Police Medal, the Australian Fire Service Medal, the Ambulance Service Medal, the Emergency Services Medal, the Australian Antarctic Medal and the Australian Corrections Medal.
- Conspicuous Service Decorations, which recognise members of the Australian Defence Force and certain other persons for outstanding or meritorious achievement or devotion to duty in non-warlike situations.
For some categories of award, such as awards in the Order of Australia and Bravery Awards, nominations can be made by any person and at any time.
Information about how you can nominate someone for the Order of Australia or a Bravery Award is on the Governor-General's website.
The Governor has particularly urged Victorians to ‘nominate worthy women as well as men, those born overseas as well as those born here, and those from every field of endeavour and every part of our State. The more our individual honours reflect who we are, the more enriched we are collectively’.
Victorian recipients are invested with their awards by the Governor at official ceremonies at Government House, Melbourne. An exception to this is that investitures for Companions of the Order of Australia are conducted by the Governor-General at Government House, Canberra.
If you are a recipient of an honour or award, you will receive a letter inviting you to attend an investiture.
This letter will explain matters such as:
- You may be accompanied by up to 4 guests. Unfortunately, requests for extra guests cannot be met due to the high number of recipients at each ceremony. In the interests of fairness to all recipients, no exceptions are made to this arrangement.
- The dress code is lounge suit/day wear, or uniform where appropriate. Service personnel should consult their respective headquarters on dress. Medals are not worn.
- The time you will be required to arrive at Government House ahead of the ceremony.
The ceremony will be livestreamed via the Office of the Governor YouTube channel to enable friends and family who cannot attend to watch proceedings. Past ceremonies are available to view at this link.
Please note that due to COVID-19, investitures are not currently being scheduled for recipients of awards in the Order of Australia. The Office of the Governor will be in touch with all Victorian recipients when we are once again able to welcome guests to Government House.
2019 Order of Australia Bravery Awards Investiture
The Investiture ceremony for the 2019 Order of Australia Bravery Awards will be held on 27 November 2019 at 2pm.
Full citations for each recipient can be found below:
Watch the ceremony live below, or by clicking here:
2019 Queen's Birthday Honours Investitures
Investiture ceremonies for 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours will be held on 17, 18 and 20 September.
The following lists who the recipients are on each day:
2019 Australia Day Honours Investitures
Investiture ceremonies for the 2019 Australia Day Honours will be held on Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3 and Friday 5 April 2019.
The following lists who the recipients are on each day:
2018 Australian Bravery Decorations
An Investiture ceremony for 2018 Australian Bravery decorations will be held on Friday 2 November.
The following lists who the recipients are:
- Find out who has received an Australian honour or award in the past.
Australian of the Year awards
Each year, as part of the Australian of the Year awards, a Victorian is selected to progress to the national level of judging in the following categories:
- Australian of the Year
- Senior Australian of the Year (65 years or over)
- Young Australian of the Year (16 to 30 years)
- Australia's Local Hero
The Victorian finalists are announced each year at a State award presentation in October or November, and the national recipients are announced on the eve of Australia Day in January at a ceremony in Canberra.
You can nominate someone for these awards at any time of the year. Nomination forms are available at the Australian of the Year website or by phoning (02) 6120 0600.