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The Conspicuous Service Cross

The Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) was introduced in 1989 to recognise outstanding devotion to duty, or outstanding achievement in the application of exceptional skills, judgement or dedication, in non-warlike situations.


The CSC is a nickel-silver modified Maltese cross with the arms of the Cross interspersed with fluted rays. The obverse bears a central device of the Southern Cross surrounded by a laurel wreath.  The reverse has a horizontal panel for recipient details.


The CSC ribbon has alternating diagonal stripes of bush green and sandy gold.

Further Awards

A further award of the CSC is denoted by a nickel-silver bar with a central replica of the Cross flanked by laurel leaves.  When the ribbon is worn alone, the award of a bar is indicated by a ribbon bar emblem in the form of the Cross.


Recipients of the Conspicuous Service Cross are entitled to the postnominal letters ‘CSC’.  Recipients of a bar to the CSC add ‘and Bar’ to the postnominal.


The nomination procedure is detailed in Chapter 12 Annex A of the Defence Honours and Awards Manual

The CSC is worn in the position notified by the Governor-General in The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards.