Personnel who served in Korea during the time of the Korean War are eligible to receive up to three medals; the Korea Medal, the UN Medal for Korea and the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75.
The medal was instituted in July 1951 and awarded for service in Korea between 1 July 1950 and 27 July 1953.
The medal is cupro-nickel with the obverse having the classical effigy of the Queen.
The reverse shows an image of Hercules fighting the Hydra, which was a symbolic representation of communism.
The ribbon has a central stripe of yellow, flanked by stripes of blue and yellow. The blue represents the United Nations.
Members mentioned in despatches for operations recognised by the Korea Medal were approved to wear a bronze oak leaf on the medal ribbon.