Timor Leste Solidarity Medal
In November 2008, the Australian Government formally accepted an offer from the then-President of Timor-Leste for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel to accept and wear the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal (TLSM). The medal was established to recognise those men and women who provided service in stability and peace operations in Timor-Leste from 1 May 2006. Approximately 7000 ADF members have been awarded the TLSM and have been approved by the Governor-General to wear the medal.
ADF members must not contact the Government of Timor-Leste directly concerning their eligibility for the TLSM.
The eligibility criteria for the TLSM states:
- members qualify having served a minimum of 180 days continuous or accrued service in East Timor from 01 May 2006;
- nominations will be considered for personnel that have served a minimum of 120 days from 01 May 2006;
- nominations will be considered for personnel who served with a start date in May or June 2006 for a period at least 90 days; and
- the President of the Republic may consider extraordinary cases outside the above time periods.
Consideration of Extraordinary Case
In late 2011, the Government of Timor-Leste advised that extraordinary cases would only be considered for a member who is returned to Australia:
- early because of injuries sustained on operations in East Timor, specifically Operation ASTUTE from 1 May 2006; or
- for compassionate reasons, but each compassionate reason will be considered on its individual merit.
ADF members applying for consideration under the ‘extraordinary case’ provision must submit their case, with applicable evidence, to the Directorate of Honours and Awards (DH&A). Short term postings and deployments cut short due to units returning to Australia, are not considered an ‘extraordinary case’. If DH&A deems the merit of the case does not fit the criteria, the application will not be forwarded to the Government of Timor-Leste.