Honours and Awards

Royal Life Saving recognises the importance of its volunteers through the Honours Awards System. Recognizing the significant role volunteers play in educating people in water safety, survival, rescue, resuscitation and first aid techniques in an effort to reduce injury and loss of life through drowning.

Honours & Awards

Royal Life Saving Society – Australia is committed to recognising the efforts of its many dedicated members and volunteers. Their service can be recognised by the National Board of Directors through the use of the Commonwealth and Australian Honours Award Systems.

The awards system recognises the significant role that volunteers play in educating people in water safety, survival, rescue, resuscitation and first aid techniques in an effort to reduce injury and loss of life through drowning.

Commonwealth Honours and Awards

The Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth acknowledges the invaluable contributions of time, effort and dedication given by its many members around the Commonwealth and takes great pride in acknowledging these contributions.

Further, commendations are given to people from all walks of life and all sections of society who have displayed exceptional or exemplary effort in the rescue, attempted rescue, resuscitation attempt or application of first aid of another human being. Commendations may also recognize outstanding rescue management or individual displays of initiative and resourcefulness in the rescue or attempted rescue of another.

Commonwealth Headquarters accept nominations for consideration by the Commonwealth Honours Committee twice a year from the Commonwealth Member Organisations around the world. Royal Life saving Society – Australia is the Member Organisation in Australia – and is responsible for collection and submission of approved Nomination and Citation forms.

Nominations

All nominations must be made on the appropriate form (see handbook below) with a written citation attached, and submitted to the Queensland Branch, who will endorse the application before it is forwarded to the National Office for consideration.

A nomination can be made at any time, however the Australian Honours committee, meet twice a year and a call for nominations and made approximately one month prior to the meeting.

In considering candidates for these awards, the level and length of performance and the quality of the service rendered are the necessary and key components to be reviewed and considered before any Honour or Award may be granted. Other criteria such as contributions, membership, council or committee involvement, etc. are important factors and these may play a role in determining the candidate’s eligibility and the level of the Honour awarded.