The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), has today announced 1007 awards in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List.
The Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List recognises a diverse range of contributions and service across all fields, including professional endeavours, community work, Australia’s Defence Force and Emergency Services.
“To all recipients, I offer my deepest congratulations, admiration and respect for your contribution to our nation,” the Governor-General said.
“We are fortunate as a community to have so many outstanding people willing to dedicate themselves to the betterment of our nation and it is only fitting that they have today been recognised through the Australian Honours system.
“Since 1975 these awards have helped to define, encourage and reinforce Australian goals and values. They identify role models who give without thought of recognition or personal gain.
“Today’s recipients now join the company of many women and men whose meritorious and brave actions have enriched our community and our lives. Their qualities - compassion, dedication, generosity, selflessness, tolerance, and energetic ambition - inspire and motivate us.
“For over 40 years these honours have helped to define, encourage and reinforce our national aspirations and ideals by acknowledging exceptional Australians. Today, we add a new group of names to those we should all admire.
“On behalf of all Australians, I thank them for their contributions. We are a stronger, safer and more caring nation because of them.”
Included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List are 778 recipients of awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia who have been recognised for contributions and service to fellow citizens in Australia and internationally.
Chair of the Council of the Order of Australia, the Honourable Shane Stone AC QC said the awards recognise service across a broad range of fields. Awards in the Order of Australia are merit based following nomination by members of the wider Australian community.
“The Awards in the Order of Australia are public recognition of those who provide outstanding community and public service to the wider community,” Mr Stone said.
“Awardees demonstrate commitment and dedication to many different fields of endeavour as positive role models.
“These merit based awards considered by the independent Council of the Order of Australia recognise ‘quiet achievers’ and excellence in our broader Australian community across a wide spectrum of activity.
“Australians are encouraged to nominate fellow citizens who have made an outstanding contribution for consideration in the Honours List. An award in the Order of Australia is entirely dependent on nominations by the public.”
The Royal Australian Navy congratulates the 19 Navy recipients listed in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List. They are:
OFFICER (AO) IN THE MILITARY DIVISION - (OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA)
Rear Admiral Michael Joseph NOONAN AM RAN, ACT
For distinguished service to the Royal Australian Navy in significant command positions.
MEMBER (AM) IN THE MILITARY DIVISION - (MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA)
Rear Admiral Peter Michael QUINN CSC RAN, NSW
For exceptional service to the Royal Australian Navy and Defence in senior management.
MEDAL (OAM) IN THE MILITARY DIVISION (MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA)
Commander Glenn Alan WILLIAMS RAN, ACT
For meritorious service in the field of Navy Communications and Information Systems.
Warrant Officer Scott James SHIPTON, NSW
For meritorious service to training and personnel management within the Royal Australian Navy.
Warrant Officer Brett Andrew SOUTH, WA
For meritorious service to the Royal Australian Navy in the field of submarine marine engineering.
CONSPICUOUS SERVICE CROSS (CSC)
Commodore Grant Ian FERGUSON RANR, ACT
For outstanding achievement as Director General Suakin Branch, Defence People Group.
Captain Gregory Allen LAXTON RAN, NSW
For outstanding achievement in the field of Navy Program Management and support innovation.
Captain Aaron Walter NYE RAN, NSW
For outstanding achievement in the field of Major Fleet Units Sea Training.
Commander Michael John MILLER RAN, ACT
For outstanding devotion to duty as the Deputy Director Operations within Maritime Border Command.
Commander Anthony Richard NAGLE RAN, NSW
For outstanding devotion to duty as the Executive Officer in HMAS Newcastle.
Lieutenant Commander Amy Leigh BLACKER RANR, ACT
For outstanding achievement in the field of Navy workforce reform.
Chief Petty Officer Michael John O'DONNELL, NT
For outstanding devotion to duty during the execution of his duty as the Ship's Damage Control Officer when responding to an engine room fire in HMAS Maryborough on the night of 25th and 26th May 2017.
CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL (CSM)
Lieutenant Commander Gordon JARDINE RAN, NSW
For meritorious achievement in the field of landing craft training for the Royal Australian Navy.
Lieutenant Commander Jasmine Alison LAUER-SMITH RAN, ACT
For meritorious devotion to duty in the field of submarine operations intelligence.
Lieutenant Commander Jorge Mathew McKEE RAN, ACT
For meritorious devotion to duty as Planning (Operations) Officer in Combined Task Force 150 on Operation MANITOU from November 2015 to April 2016.
Lieutenant Scott Stanley DOWD RAN, NSW
For meritorious achievement in the field of Navy Information Warfare.
Warrant Officer Scott Joseph WAKE, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty in the field of Naval Aviation Maintenance.
Chief Petty Officer Benjamin Keith BRYAN, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty as the High Power Maintenance Manager in HMAS Adelaide.
Chief Petty Officer David James HOUSTON, VIC
For meritorious devotion to duty in the field of Navy Engineering Training Services.
The Royal Australian Navy also congratulates all recipients honoured in the list, in particular those members of the broader Navy community:
MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION (MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA)
Mr John James HARRISON awarded an OAM for service to veterans and their families.
Dr David Gerald SYKES awarded an OAM for service to dentistry, particularly to prosthodontics.
Anyone can nominate any Australian for an award in the Order of Australia. If you know someone worthy, nominate them now at www.gg.gov.au