Emergency Services Medal (ESM)

Emergency Services Medal (ESM)

Surf Life Saving NSW is pleased to announce that suitably credentialed members are now eligible to be recognised for their outstanding contributions to frontline service, through a nomination for the Emergency Services Medal (ESM).

Following Surf Life Saving NSW’s recognition as a gazetted emergency service in 2018 we have sought to have our members deemed eligible to be nominated for this prestigious award.

We were recently advised our efforts in this regard have been successful. The ESM recognises distinguished service by members of emergency services across Australia, and is held in the same regard as the AFSM (Australian Fire Service Medal), APM (Australian Police Medal) and ASM (Ambulance Service Medal).

Based on our frontline volunteer numbers, SLSNSW is eligible to submit up to five (5) nominations each year. Note: awards are announced by the Governor General on Australia Day and the Queens Birthday each year.

In light of this recent advice from the NSW Government and in order to meet the strict timeframes set by the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat, the deadline for nominations is fast approaching for the 2022 Australia Day Honours List.

Branches are requested to consult with their clubs to identify potential candidates and coordinate nominations, to be submitted via the online nomination form to SLSNSW by Friday 30 July 2021.

A new interim committee (ESM Nominations Committee) has been established to review all nominations received and provide recommendations to the SLSNSW Board for endorsement.

Please note that the candidates should NOT be informed of their nomination.  

For eligibility and selection criteria for the award, along with information on the nomination process, see the memo.

On behalf of the Board, we are very excited to have been invited to nominate members for this significant award and we look forward to congratulating our successful recipients in the future.

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