Distinguished Service Cross (Australia)

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded by Australia
Type Medal
Eligibility Members of the Australian Defence Force
Awarded for Distinguished command and leadership in action
Status Currently awarded
Post-nominals DSC
Established 1991
First awarded 1993
Last awarded 2016 Australia Day Honours
Total awarded 91
Order of Wear
Next (higher) Star of Courage[1]
Next (lower) Member of the Order of Australia[1]
Related Distinguished Service Medal
Commendation for Distinguished Service

The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Australian Defence Force. It is awarded for distinguished command and leadership in action. The DSC was introduced in 1991 and is the highest distinguished service decoration in the Australian Honours System. Recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "DSC".[2] Since its inception 91 awards have been made—which includes seven Bars—with the most recent being announced in the 2016 Australia Day Honours.

Government allowance

The Government of Australia may grant an allowance to veterans or serving members of the Australian Defence Force who have been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, or other awards for gallantry. In November 2007, this allowance was A$2.10 per fortnight.[3]


The Distinguished Service Cross is described as: "...a modified Maltese Cross of nickel-silver ensigned with the Crown of St Edward. The obverse bears a Federation Star surmounted on a disc of flames. The medal has a nickel-silver suspender bar. The medal ribbon has a central ochre-red stripe surrounded by narrower silver-blue stripes."[2]

Distinct recipients

Since its inception, seven bars have been awarded;

One Bar
Two Bars

See also


  1. 1 2 "The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards" (PDF). Government House. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Distinguished Service Cross". Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  3. "Veteran's Entitlements Act 1986 – Sect 102". Commonwealth Consolidated Acts. Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 17 November 2007.
  4. COL V DSC & Bar, 26 January 2011, https://www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awards/australian-honours-lists
  5. LTCOL P DSC & Bar, 26 January 2012, https://www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awards/australian-honours-lists
  6. "MAJGEN Michael Peter Crane DSC & Bar, AM" (PDF). The Queen's Birthday 2014 Honours List – Gazette 3 Military. 9 June 2014.
  7. Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross entry for Lieutenant Colonel F, Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 26 January 2015, http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=1151508&showInd=true. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  8. LTCOL I DSC & Bar, 26 January 2014, itsanhonour.gov.au
  9. "Australia Day 2016 Honours List" (PDF). Australian Government. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
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