NSW Service Medallion
The NSW Service Medallion is awarded to employees who have completed 40 or more years of excellent service for the NSW Government. The NSW Service Medallion is commonly referred to as the 40 Year Service Medallion.
Eligibility and criteria
Who is eligible?
To be eligible, the nominee must:
- be a current or former employee of the NSW Government
- be employed on a permanent or temporary basis
- have completed 40 years of service with the NSW Government
- have a record of excellent service.
What service is eligible?
NSW Government service includes service with government sector agencies, State Owned Corporations or full-time members of an administrative tribunal:
- In accordance with section 3 of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (GSE Act), the NSW Government Sector includes:
- The Public Service (the staff employed under the GSE Act)
- The Teaching Service
- The NSW Police Force
- The NSW Health Service
- The Transport Service
- Any other service of the Crown
- The service of any other person or body constituted by or under an Act or exercising public functions (such as a State Owned Corporation), being a person or body that is prescribed by regulations under the GSE Act.
- State Owned Corporations are listed in Schedule 5 of the State Owned Corporations Act 1989.
Service with a Commonwealth, Local Government or interstate agency is not counted as eligible service. Service which is acceptable for the purpose of extended leave may be classed as eligible only when it’s with a NSW Government agency.
How is service counted?
NSW Government service doesn’t need to be continuous.
Service which is acceptable for the purpose of extended leave may be classed as eligible service for an award. However, service with a Commonwealth, Local Government or interstate agency is not counted as eligible service.
Where a nominee’s extended leave balance does not provide evidence of the total length of NSW service, the nominator will need to show that a total of 40 or more years of service have been completed. This can be by providing details and dates of positions held since commencement of service.
Conduct that’s considered inappropriate for the NSW Government may lead to a long-serving employee becoming ineligible for the award.
Nominations may be submitted at anytime. However, the cut off for accepting nominations for the current year is approximately 6 weeks before the presentation.
Frequently asked questions
To be awarded the medallion, both the length of an employee’s service and excellent conduct throughout their service is to be demonstrated. A detailed employment history or summary of service is to be provided, including titles, dates of commencement and any breaks in service.
Processing of nominations and presentation of awards are made in order of date received. The award presentations are generally held once or twice a year, meaning it may take up to 12 months from receipt of nomination to the presentation of the award.
The medallion will be presented by the Premier, or a Minister of State for NSW, or by another person authorised by the Premier.
Information regarding the next ceremony will be provided by the Premier's Department.
An award in the Australian or Imperial Honour system or agency recognition of long service, does not affect an employee’s eligibility for a NSW Service Medallion. The NSW Service Medallion may be awarded only once to each recipient.
Brief letters of support and recommendation for the award from managers or colleagues may be attached as evidence of the nominee’s honourable conduct during their service.
Nominations for agency heads or CEOs may be submitted to the Secretary of the Premier's Department for consideration by the Premier.
The person submitting the nomination will need to make a recommendation regarding the merit of the service. The nomination is to be accompanied by a statement of service.
A person does not have to be an Australian citizen to be awarded the NSW Service Medallion.
Self-nominations will only be considered if endorsed by the relevant HR manager and agency head.