Awards and Recognition

The dedication and outstanding service of NTPFES members and staff is regularly recognised through the year by the presentation of a range of awards and medals

Medals and Awards


Public Service


The Public Service Medal recognises outstanding service by employees of the Australian Government and state, territory and local government employees. ‘Outstanding service’ could be shown through:

service excellence to the public, or to external or internal clients;
innovation in programme, project or policy development;
leadership, including as a member of a team; or
the achievement of more efficient processes, improved productivity or better service delivery.
The Public Service Medal acknowledges outstanding service by employees of the Australian Government and state, territory and local government employees.

The various state and territory Public Service Medal Committees consider nominations for eligible employees.

Committees meet twice a year to consider nominations for the Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday honours lists. Closing dates for nominations should be checked with individuals Committee Secretariats but are generally 1 February and 1 August each year.

After considering the nominations, the committee recommends a list of proposed recipients to the Minister or Premier, who then makes a recommendation to the Governor-General who has the authority to approve awards.


National Medal


The National Medal (NM) is awarded by the Governor General, on the recommendation of the Commissioner of Police and CEO Fire and Emergency Services, to NTFRS, NTPF and NTES members who have completed a period of 15 years qualifying service or periods of qualifying service that, in aggregate, amount to 15 years. 

Qualifying service is defined as diligent service as a member or volunteer of any Australian Police, Fire, Ambulance, Correctional or Emergency Service as well as the former Australian Protective Service, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and voluntary search and rescue organisations. 

A clasp to the NM may be awarded after the completion of each additional period of ten years qualifying service or of periods of service that, in aggregate, are not less than ten years. 


Tri-Service Medal


The Tri-Service Medal is to recognise and acknowledge unsworn personnel within the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services who have completed ten years continuous meritorious service.

A clasp may be awarded for each further five year period of meritorious service.


Commissioner and CEO's Outstanding Leadership Medal


The Commissioner of Police and Chief Executive Officer of Fire and Emergency Services Outstanding Leadership Medal is awarded to recognise outstanding leadership by individuals within the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services.

Patricia Anne Brennan Award


The Patricia Anne Brennan Award recognises the significant contribution to women in the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services by an individual employee or volunteer.

It is named in memory of Constable First Class Patricia Brennan, who served with the Northern Territory Police Force from 1977 to 1991.

Patricia Anne Brennan joined the Northern Territory Police in May 1977 following service in the Australian Army. During Recruit Training, she received the Most Dedicated Student Award for her outstanding commitment to her training.

On graduation, Patricia was among the first group of women police officers in the Northern Territory to wear the uniform and perform General Duties. This pioneering group of women faced a tough time dealing with a public accustomed to an all-male uniformed NT Police Force.  Patricia’s resolve and determination quickly brought her to the attention of police management and she was selected for a number of difficult and demanding jobs.

Patricia had met her future husband Mick Brennan while they were serving in the Army together.  Mick had joined the NT Police in 1976 and following Patricia’s Recruit Training and posting to Darwin General Duties, they married in 1978.

Patricia and Mick served together in Nhulunbuy from 1978 to 1981, one of the first husband and wife teams to do so in a remote location in the NT.

Over the next decade, Patricia continued to work in General Duties and Crime, paving the way for future generations of women police.

Sadly, Patricia became seriously ill in 1990 and passed away on 18 February 1991.


Commissioner and CEO's Recognition


A Letter of Recognition / Certificate of Appreciation’ nomination form will need to be completed and are presented to the Medal Eligibility Committee for consideration.