The Board of the Association wishes to recognise outstanding commitment and service to the association and the community through a series commendations and service awards. The system of commendations and service awards has been designed to record and recognise individual contributions to the association and its community through the outstanding voluntary service of our members and like minded individuals and organisations.

Our system of Honours and Awards has been designed to be:

  • Simple and easy to understand
  • Totally transparent
  • Fastidiously fair
  • Achievable by ordinary, hard working members
  • Relevant to Honorary Justice work
  • Consistent wit coparable Awards


The purpose of this document is to detail the honours and awards system maintained by the association and designates the roles and responsibilities for implementing the system



  • Life member
  • Fellowship (FRVAHJ)
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Certificate of Appreciation
    (Organisations/Individuals non member)

Other Certificates

  • Membership Certificate (ordinary, associate and honorary)
  • Branch Charter (branch formation)

Awards – Recognition Certificates

  • Service Awards (individual duty), starting at 5 yrs and then every 5 yrs increment
  • Branch & Board Office Holders (individual position)
  • Training certificates
    for both ‘Attendance & Qualified (completion)’

Awards Brochure & Nomination Form



  • The Membership Committee will be responsible for operating the commendation and service program on behalf of the Board.
  • The Membership Committee will convene an Awards sub-committee with no less than three (3) and no more than five (5) Association members to consider all applications for awards and This sub-committee will meet as required but at least annually to consider applications.
  • This sub-committee may also make recommendations to the board regarding changes to awards, inclusion of new awards or discontinuation of any award.
  • Service Certificates will only be considered by the sub-committee with information collected from the administration. No application is required. An annual list will be prepared for the board prior to any awards ceremony and certificates will be prepared for signature.
  • Training Awards will be at the discretion of the Training Academy and Training Coordinator and will be awarded following training when appropriate. No application is required.


  • All applications for Recognition or Awards must be submitted in writing to the committee and proposed and seconded by two current members of the Association. The recipient is not required to sign the application.
  • Supporting evidence must be included in the application which addresses the award
  • The sub-committee will review all applications against the Board’s published criteria and make recommendations to the Executive including the evidence for the award being met.
  • The Executive will consider the recommendations and accept or reject these. Recommendations must be unanimous at this stage to proceed to the full.
  • Recommendations will proceed to the full Board for endorsement.
  • Once endorsed the sub-committee will have certificates produced for signatures from the executive.
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