|Order of Australia|
Insignia of a Knight/Dame of the Order of Australia
|Awarded by Monarch of Australia|
|Eligibility||All living Australian citizens|
|Awarded for||Achievement and merit in service to Australia or humanity|
|Sovereign||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Former grades||Knight/Dame (AK/AD)[note 1]|
|First induction||14 April 1975|
|Last induction||8 June 2020|
Ribbons: general division; military division
The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service. Before the establishment of the order, Australian citizens received British honours.
The Queen of Australia is sovereign head of the order, while the Governor-General of Australia is the principal companion/dame/knight (as relevant at the time) and chancellor of the order. The governor-general's official secretary, currently Paul Singer, is secretary of the order.