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Defence Long Service Medal
File:Defence Long Service Medal (Australia).png

Defence Long Service Medal (Australia) ribbon.png
Obverse of medal (with bar) and ribbon
Awarded by Australia
Type Long Service Medal
Eligibility Members of the Australian Defence Force, including reserves
Awarded for a minimum of 15 years "qualifying service", including an assessment of good conduct
Status Currently awarded
Clasps for each additional 5 years of service
Established 1998
Total awarded 33,000[1]
Next (higher) Reserve Force Medal[2]
Next (lower) National Medal[2]
Related Defence Force Service Medal
Reserve Force Decoration (RFD)

Defence Long Service Medal (Australia) ribbon.png - 15 years

DLSM with Rosette.png - 20 years

DLSM with Rosette x 2.png - 25 years

DLSM with Rosette x 3.png - 30 years

DLSM with Rosette x 4.png - 35 years

DLSM with Fed Star.png - 40 years
Ribbon with Rosette(s) (top four),
Ribbon with Federation Star (bottom)

The Defence Long Service Medal is an Australian Military award given for long service by permanent and reserve members of the Australian Defence Force, irrespective of rank. It was introduced in 1998, and replaced the suite of defence force service awards introduced in 1982, which comprised the Defence Force Service Medal, the Reserve Force Medal and the Reserve Force Decoration. Additional service clasps, each indicating a further 5 years after the initial 15 year qualifying service, are issued. The first four clasps to the medal are indicated by rosettes on the ribbon. These are replaced by a single silver Federation Star for the fifth clasp. Additional Federation Star emblems are added for subsequent clasps. Other Australian Long Service Awards include:

While the Australian Defence Medal is sometimes classified as a "long service medal", it is intended to recognise all those who completed an obligation to serve their country (whether voluntarily or conscripted), and is not awarded for "long service" per se.


  • The DLSM is a cupro-nickel medal. The obverse has the Joint Service Emblem surrounded by two sprays of wattle leaves and blossom.
  • The reverse has a central horizontal panel surrounded by the inscription 'FOR SERVICE IN THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE'.
  • The ribbon has a central panel of 7 alternating blue and gold stripes flanked by blue stripes gold edges. The colours and design reflect those of the replaced medals.
  • The clasp is a cupro-nickel bar with the Royal Cypher flanked by sprigs of wattle in the centre. When the ribbon is worn alone a clasp is indicated by the addition of a cupro-nickel round rosette or a silver miniature Federation Star.

See also


  1. Medal Yearbook 2013. Honiton, Devon: Token. 2013. p. 398. ISBN 978-1-908-828-00-2. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Order of Wearing of Australian Honours and Awards". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

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