Companion of the Order of Australia

Companion of the Order of Australia

Companion of the Order of Australia

Significance

In the Australian honours system appointments to the Order of Australia confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.

The Companion of the Order of Australia is awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large.

The Order of Australia has four levels:

Recipients

Professor Ian Frazer AC was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in 2012

Jean Calder AC was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in 2005

Tim Fischer AC was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in 2005

Nick Paspaley AC was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in 1999

Professor Peter Doherty AC was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in 1997

Medal Design

The design of the Companion of the Order of Australia is a badge with a gold insignia of the Order in the centre.

The central insignia is circled with blue enamel edged in gold with citrines and is inscribed with the word ‘Australia’ in gold capital letters. The circle also contains two gold sprigs of mimosa.

The insignia is ensigned with the Crown of St Edward in full colour.

The medal is hung from the ribbon of the Order. It is royal blue with a central band of mimosa blossoms.