September 25, 2023

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging Vietnam veterans to apply for the Commemorative Medallion and Certificate of Commemoration that acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

“Between 1962 and 1975, almost 60,000 Australians served during the Vietnam War and while Australia can never repay the debt we owe these veterans, the medallion and certificate are a small way to honour their service,” Mr O’Brien said.

“More than 500 Australians lost their lives in the Vietnam War, and we remember their sacrifice and honour the veterans who returned home bearing the physical and mental scars of their service.”

All Australian veterans who served in the Vietnam War are eligible to receive a medallion, and the widow or family member of an Australian veteran who served is also eligible to apply.

Only one medallion is available for each Vietnam War veteran. It is recommended that an agreement is made within the family of a deceased veteran as to who will apply for the medallion and certificate, as the registration process prevents multiple applications on behalf of the same veteran.

Applications for the Vietnam War Commemorative Medallion and Certificate can be made at or by calling 1800 838 372.


In the spirit of Australia, I acknowledge all citizens who contribute to making our nation the greatest on earth.

I acknowledge our defence force personnel, past, present, and emerging, for their service to our nation, and particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Australia.

I also acknowledge the Australian taxpayers who, through their hard work, pay for the infrastructure, health, education, and emergency services that keep our proud nation healthy, safe, and prosperous.