Australian Police Medal

The Australian Police Medal (APM) is awarded for distinguished service by a member of an Australian police force. The APM was introduced in 1986, and replaced the Imperial King’s Police Medal for Gallantry and King’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.

Australian Police Medal

Obverse of medal and ribbon
Awarded fordistinguished service
Presented byAustralia
Eligibilitymembers of an Australian Police Force
StatusCurrently awarded
Established3 March 1986
First awarded1986 Australia Day Honours
Last awarded2023 Australia Day Honours
Totalapprox. 2,129[1]
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Public Service Medal (PSM)
Next (lower)Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)

Awards are made by the Governor-General, on the nomination of the responsible minister in each state or territory, and at the federal level. The total number of awards for each police force each year must not exceed one APM for every 1,000, or part of 1,000, sworn members in the force. Recipients of the Australian Police Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "APM".


  • The APM is a circular, nickel-silver medal ensigned with the Crown of St Edward. The front of the medal displays the effigy of the Sovereign on a Federation Star, superimposed over a pattern of fluted rays.
  • The back of the medal is inscribed with the words ‘Australian Police Medal’ and ‘For Distinguished Service’. The inscriptions are encircled by a wreath of the national floral emblem, the golden wattle.
  • The 32 millimetre-wide ribbon features a central vertical stripe of dark blue flanked by two white stripes.

See also


  1. Medal Yearbook 2023. Honiton, Devon: Token. 2022. p. 463. ISBN 978-1-908828-63-7.
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