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Policy on lost
The Government will relax the
policy on the replacement of medals
to enable those lost during recent
natural disasters to be replaced.
Following the devastation caused
by the recent natural disasters across
Australia, including the Queensland
and Victorian floods, Cyclone Yasi
and the Western Australian bushfires,
items of great personal value such as
service medals may have been lost,
damaged or stolen.
The Parliamentary Secretary for
Defence, Senator David Feeney,
said the Government recognises the
importance these awards represent
to the members who earned them
and the families who treasure them.
“Government policy for many years
has been medals can only be issued
to the ADF member who earned
them,” Senator Feeney said.
“This usually means that medals
cannot be replaced if they are lost
or destroyed after the ADF member
To apply, please visit website
and complete the form ‘Application
for the Replacement of Posthumous
Service Awards due to Natural
Current serving members are
advised to complete application
form ‘AD808 Application for the
Issue of Replacement Medals and/
or Clasps’ to enable their own
medals to be replaced.
Applicants should be aware that
Defence is only able to replace
medals dating back to World War I.
Medals for conflicts prior to this war
are no longer in production.
Further, Defence is only able to
replace original medals. Replica
medals purchased on a commercial
basis cannot be replaced.
Further information and application
forms may also be obtained by
contacting the Directorate of
Honours and Awards toll free
on 1800 111 321.
navy officer presides over
the Law Council of Australia
Lieutenant Commander Alexander
Ward added the title of President
of the Law Council of Australia
to his portfolio after he commenced his
presidential duties on January 1 this year.
The Law Council of Australia is the
umbrella body for the majority of legal
practitioners in Australia. Its constituent
members are the law societies and bar
associations in each jurisdiction (16 in
total) and the large law firm groups.
It has worked directly with Defence
Support Group’s Defence Legal and the
Federal Government on military justice
issues including the Australian Military
Court, Lane v Morrison difficulties and
The Law Council has developed a good
rapport with Defence Legal, especially as
it represents a considerable number of
lawyers in all jurisdictions.
LCDR Ward was elected into this
prestigious role after fulfilling a range of
executive roles on the Council. LCDR Ward
also has strong family connections with
the legal profession and the Australian
His father Kevin was a lawyer, along
with his brothers, and LCDR Ward’s
grandfather was a King’s Council, who
dealt with constitutional matters.
Kevin Ward also fought in the RAAF in
World War II, and then became a Legal
Officer in the Australian Army Legal Corps.
Above: The recently appointed President of the Law Council of Australia, Lieutenant Commander Alexander Ward, is
also a Navy Reservist. Photo: Geoff Comfort
LCDR Ward intended to become an army
officer (armour), however he got into law
and entered civil litigation practice as a
barrister and solicitor in South Australia
He became involved in legal politics,
being President of the Law Society of
South Australia from 2004-2005 and
then moving up to the Law Council of
Australia. He now practises exclusively
as a barrister.
After a brief stint in the Army
Reserve as an infantryman in 1999,
LCDR Ward joined the Navy Reserve as
a legal officer.
“This has been a fantastic experience,
travelling the country providing relief
manning in Navy, Army and Air Force
bases,” LCDR Ward said.
He has undertaken work for prosecution
and defence of Defence Force Discipline
Act 1982 matters in all the various
military jurisdictions. More recently,
he has had the opportunity to be
Guard Commander on such occasions as
Anzac Day, Australia Day and Vietnam
LCDR Ward regards himself as a
barrister practising in law and also
a Defence lawyer. He undertakes his
duties for the Law Council of Australia
in both roles.
“Defence Legal is becoming more
recognised for the services it provides,
and the more visible it can be in the legal
community, as well as the community at
large, the better,” he said.
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