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Post-nominal Honours in Alphabetical Order

See also Postnominal Honours in Order of Precedence

Have you ever seen someone's name with a string of letters/abbreviations after it and wondered what they meant? Most people recognize that MD stands for Medical Doctor and CPA means Certified Public Accountant. Those are called post-nominals and consist of abbreviations or initials to indicate that the individual holds a position, office or honour.

Post-nominals are written without periods. If a person has more than one, a comma is inserted between them. When there are several post-nominals after someone's name, honours are listed first in descending order of precedence, followed by degrees and memberships of learned societies in ascending order.

Order of Australia (OAM, AM, AO, AC)
Only the highest Order of Australia award a person receives is used for their post-nominal. This means a person receiving the OAM, AM and AC is addressed as Jane Smith AC not Jane Smith OAM AM AC.

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Post-nominal initials associated with honours granted by the Sovereign take precedence over other post-nominal initials. The special nature of the Victoria Cross (VC), the George Cross (GC) and the Cross of Valour (CV) requires their post-nominals to come before all others. Some obsolete positions are not listed unless recipients who continue to use the post-nominals even after the order becomes obsolete are still living.

The list below is in alphabetical order to make it easier to find the information you seek.

Postnominals Part 1    Part 2

Orders and Decorations

Post-nominal Awarded
since Oct 1992 before Oct 1992
 Australian Antarctic Medal AAM AAM
 Companion of the Order of Australia AC AC
 Air Force Cross (UK) 2 AFC
 Air Force Medal 2 AFM
 Australian Fire Service Medal AFSM AFSM
 Knight / Dame of the Order of Australia 3 AK / AD
 Member of the Order of Australia AM AM
 Officer of the Order of Australia AO AO
 Australian Police Medal APM APM
 Royal Red Cross (2nd Class, Associate) 2, 5 ARRC
 Ambulance Service Medal (Australia) ASM ASM
 British Empire Medal 2 BEM
 Bravery Medal (Australia) BM BM
 Companion of the Order of the Bath 2 CB
 Commander of the Order of the British Empire 2 CBE
 Conspicuous Gallantry Medal 2, 5   CGM
 Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) 2, 5 CGM
 Companion of Honour 2 CH
 Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George 2 CMG
 Conspicuous Service Cross (Australia) CSC CSC
 Conspicuous Service Medal CSM CSM
 Cross of Valour 5 CV CV
 Commander of the Royal Victorian Order CVO CVO
 Distinguished Conduct Medal 2, 5 DCM
 Distinguished Flying Cross (UK) 2 DFC
 Distinguished Flying Medal 2 DFM
 Distinguished Service Cross (UK) 2, 5 DSC
 Distinguished Service Cross (Australia) 5 DSC DSC
 Distinguished Service Medal (UK) 2, 5 DSM
 Distinguished Service Medal (Australia) 5 DSM DSM
 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order 2 DSO
 Emergency Services Medal (Australia) ESM ESM
 George Cross 2, 5 GC
 Knight / Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire 2 GBE
 Knight / Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath 2 GCB
 Knight / Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George 2 GCMG
 Knight / Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order GCVO GCVO
 George Medal 2 GM
 Companion of the Imperial Service Order 2 ISO
 Knight / Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire 2 KBE / DBE
 Knight / Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath 2 KCB / DCB
 Knight / Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George 2 KCMG / DCMG
 Knight / Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order KCVO / DCVO KCVO / DCVO
 Knight / Lady of the Garter KG / LG KG / LG
 Knight / Lady of the Thistle KT / LT KT / LT

Please see next page for the rest of the Postnominals

1 Refers to both the Imperial Victoria Cross and the Victoria Cross for Australia. Awarding of the
    Imperial Victoria Cross to Australian citizens ended when the Victoria Cross for Australia was
    created as part of the Australian Honours System in 1991. The Australian Victoria Cross has yet
    to be awarded. There have been 96 Australians awarded the Victoria Cross.
2 These are Imperial awards. All Imperial awards made to Australian citizens after 5 October 1992 are
   classed as foreign awards, and hence such Australian citizens are not entitled to use the associated
   post-nominal letters. However, those presented with these awards before that date are still permitted
   to use the post-nominal letters.
3 Postnominals within the Order of St John are not recognised as notified in the Governor-General’s
   media release of 14 August 1982.
4 Provision for further awards at the Knight & Dame level within the Order of Australia was removed by
  Her Majesty The Queen on 3 March 1986 on the advice of the Prime Minister. Those who have been
  awarded this rank are still permitted to use the title and the post-nominal letters.
5 In the period 1975-1991, for Australian citizens and ADF personnel, a number of Imperial awards were
   replaced by Australian awards. See charts below:

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