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Designing and making awards
There are a number of steps in the process of creating a new honour or award before the medal can be designed and made. The medal and ribbons are designed as part of the process.
Official creation of awards
The Australian honours system dates from 1975 when the Order of Australia and the Australian Bravery Decorations were approved by The Queen. Since then, new awards have progressively been added to the system. There are a total of 58 awards in the Australian system of honours.