List of post-nominal letters (Australia)

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This is a list of letters after people's names (otherwise referred to here as Post-nominal letters) that have been nominated by orders from government, and letters from Professional associations in Australia.

General conventions[edit]

In general, postnominals are arranged in the following sequence:[1]

  1. National honours, in their designated order of wearing,
  2. Queen's Counsel, Senior Counsel and Justice of the Peace,
  3. Degrees and diplomas in chronological order,
  4. Fellowships then memberships of professional and academic bodies,
  5. Parliamentary and military designations.

Full-stops are never used in postnominals.[2]

Orders and decorations[edit]

Note: This table is in "Order of Wearing"

Orders and decorations Post-nominal
Awarded since 6 Oct 1992 Awarded before 6 Oct 1992
Victoria Cross and Victoria Cross for Australia[3] VC VC[3]
George Cross[4] GC[5]
Cross of Valour[5] CV CV
Knight/Lady of the Garter KG/LG KG/LG
Knight/Lady of the Thistle KT/LT KT/LT
Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath GCB[4]
Order of Merit OM OM
Knight/Dame of the Order of Australia[6] AK/AD AK/AD
Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George[4] GCMG[4]
Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order GCVO GCVO
Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire[4] GBE
Companion of the Order of Australia AC AC
Companion of Honour CH[4]
Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath KCB/DCB[4]
Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George KCMG/DCMG[4]
Knight/Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order KCVO/DCVO KCVO/DCVO
Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire KBE/DBE[4]
Knight Bachelor[4] (NB: Confers title of "Sir"/"Dame" - no postnominals)
Officer of the Order of Australia AO AO
Companion of the Order of the Bath CB[4]
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George CMG[4]
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order CVO CVO
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE[4]
Star of Gallantry[5] SG SG
Star of Courage (Australia) SC SC
Companion of the Distinguished Service Order DSO[4]
Distinguished Service Cross (Australia)[5] DSC DSC
Member of the Order of Australia AM AM
Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order LVO LVO
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE[4]
Companion of the Imperial Service Order ISO[4]
Member of the Royal Victorian Order MVO MVO
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE[4]
Conspicuous Service Cross (Australia) CSC CSC
Nursing Service Cross (Australia)[5] NSC NSC
Royal Red Cross (1st Class)(Member)[5] RRC[4]
Distinguished Service Cross (UK)[5] DSC[4]
Military Cross MC[4]
Distinguished Flying Cross (UK) DFC[4]
Air Force Cross (UK) AFC[4]
Royal Red Cross (2nd Class)(Associate)[5] ARRC[4]
Medal for Gallantry MG MG
Bravery Medal (Australia) BM BM
Distinguished Service Medal (Australia)[5] DSM DSM
Public Service Medal (Australia) PSM PSM
Australian Police Medal APM APM
Australian Fire Service Medal AFSM AFSM
Ambulance Service Medal (Australia) ASM ASM
Emergency Services Medal (Australia) ESM ESM
Medal of the Order of Australia OAM OAM
Order of St John Varies[7]
Distinguished Conduct Medal[5] DCM[4]
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal[5] CGM[4]
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying)[5] CGM[4]
George Medal GM[4]
Conspicuous Service Medal CSM CSM
Australian Antarctic Medal AAM AAM
Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry QPM[4]
Queen's Fire Service Medal for Gallantry QFSM[4]
Distinguished Service Medal (UK)[5] DSM[4]
Military Medal MM[4]
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM[4]
Air Force Medal AFM[4]
Sea Gallantry Medal SGM[4]
Queen's Gallantry Medal QGM[4]
Royal Victorian Medal RVM RVM
British Empire Medal BEM[4]
Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service QPM[4]
Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service QFSM[4]
Reserve Force Decoration RFD RFD

Legal Offices[edit]

Position Post-nominal
Queen's Counsel QC
Senior Counsel SC
Bail Justice - Victoria BJ
Justice of the Peace JP
Special Justice (South Australia) SJ
Civil Marriage Celebrant CMC

Academic awards[edit]

Degree and Diploma abbreviations are defined by the conferring University, and vary from one University to the next and therefore the author must consult the awarding University for the approved abbreviation.

Some loose general rules and examples include:

Degree Post-nominal
Bachelor of "Speciality/Faculty" B"Speciality" e.g. BA, BSc, BCom, BBiosc, BE or BEd
Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery e.g. MBBS, BMed, BMBS
Bachelor of Laws LLB
Bachelor's degree award with Honours B"Speciality"(Hons)
Bachelor's degree award with Distinction Usually no additional letters. Rarely, (Dtn) or (Dist).
Master of "Speciality/Faculty" M"Specialty" e.g. MA, MSc, MEd, MCom
Graduate Certificate in "Speciality/Faculty" GCert or GradCert e.g. GCertMkting
Postgraduate Diploma of "Speciality/Faculty" PGDip"Speciality" or PostGradDip"Speciality"
Graduate Diploma of "Speciality/Faculty" GDip"Speciality" or GradDip"Speciality" e.g. GDipMngt
Graduate Diploma in/of Legal Practice GDLP or GradDipLegPrac
Master of Philosophy MPhil
Master's degree of "Speciality/Faculty" M"Speciality" e.g. MBA
Master of Laws LLM
Juris Doctor JD or LLM(JD)
Doctor of Philosophy PhD
Professional Doctorate of "Speciality/Faculty" D"speciality" or "Specialty"D e.g. EdD, MD
Master of Pharmacy MPharm
Fellowship in Music, Australia[8] FMusA
Licentiate in Music, Australia LMusA
Associate in Music, Australia AMusA

Professional[edit]

Fellowship, Membership and Associate Membership of Professional Institutions

Organisation Award Post-nominal
Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Fellow FASSA
Astronomical Society of Australia Fellow FASA
Astronomical Society of Australia Member MASA
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Fellow FACEM
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine Diploma EMDip(ACEM)
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine Certificate EMCert(ACEM)
Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Honorary Fellow HonFAusIMM
Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Fellow FAusIMM
Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Member MAusIMM
Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Associate member AAusIMM
Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Graduate member GAusIMM
Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Student member SAusIMM
Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Life Fellow ANZAM-L
Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Fellow ANZAM-F
Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Professional Member ANZAM-M
Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Retired Member ANZAM-R
Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Associate Member ANZAM-A
Australian Academy of Science Fellow FAA
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Fellow FTSE
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Fellow FANZCA
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine FFPMANZCA
Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance[9] Fellow ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP
Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance[9] Senior Associate ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP
Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance[9] Associate ANZIIF (Assoc) CIP
Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance[9] Affiliate ANZIIF (Aff) CIP
Australian Association of Social Workers Member MAASW
Australian Cinematographers Society Member ACS
Australian College of Educators Fellow FACE
Australian College of Educators Member MACE
Australian College of Nursing Fellow FACN
Australian College of Nursing Member MACN
Australian College of Nursing Associate AACN
Australian College of Nursing Retired Member MACN (Ret)
Australian Computer Society Fellow FACS
Australian Computer Society Senior Member MACS (Snr)
Australian Computer Society Member MACS
Australian Computer Society Associate AACS
Australian Computer Society Certified Professional[10] ACS CP
Australian Computer Society Certified Technologist[10] ACS CT
Australian Graduate School of Leadership Certified Leadership Practitioner Associate ACLP
Australian Graduate School of Leadership Certified Leadership Practitioner Member MCLP
Australian Graduate School of Leadership Certified Leadership Practitioner Senior Member SCLP
Australian Graduate School of Leadership Certified Leadership Practitioner Fellow FCLP
Australian Graduate School of Leadership Certified Leadership Practitioner Life Fellow LCLP
Australian Institute of Architects Life Fellow LFRAIA
Australian Institute of Architects Fellow FRAIA
Australian Institute of Architects Registered Architect RAIA
Australian Institute of Building Fellow FAIB
Australian Institute of Building Member MAIB
Australian Institute of Building Affiliate Member Affil.AIB
Australian Institute of Building Associate Member AMAIB
Australian Institute of Building Graduate Member GradAIB
Australian Institute of Company Directors Fellow FAICD
Australian Institute of Company Directors Graduate Member GAICD
Australian Institute of Company Directors Member MAICD
Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Certified Practising Portfolio Executive CPPE
Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Certified Practising Portfolio Director CPPD
Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Certified Practising Project Manager CPPM
Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Certified Practising Project Practitioner CPPP
Australian Library and Information Association[11] Associate Certified Professional AALIA (CP)
Australian Library and Information Association[11] Associate AALIA
Australian Library and Information Association[11] Library Technician Certified Professional ALIATec (CP)
Australian Library and Information Association[11] Library Technician ALIATec
Australian Marketing Institute Fellow FAMI
Australian Marketing Institute Associate Fellow AFAMI
Australian Marketing Institute Associate Member AMAMI
Australian Marketing Institute Certified Practising Marketer CPM[12]
Australian Mathematics Society Fellow FAustMS
Australian Mathematics Society Graduate Member GAustMS
Australian Mathematics Society Member MAustMS
Australian Property Institute Life Fellow LFAPI
Australian Property Institute Fellow FAPI
Australian Property Institute Associate Member AAPI
Australian Property Institute Provisional Member API (Provisional)
Australian Property Institute Graduate Member API (Graduate)
Australian Property Institute Student Member API (Student)
Australian Psychological Society Honorary Fellow Hon FAPS
Australian Psychological Society Fellow FAPS
Australian Psychological Society Member MAPS
Australian Psychological Society Associate Member Assoc MAPS
Australian Veterinary Association Fellow FAVA
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia Fellow FCILT
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia Chartered Member CMILT
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia Member MILT
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia Certified Passenger Professional CPP[12]
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia Certified Practicing Logistician CPL[12]
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia Certified Transport Planner CTP[12]
College of Intensive Care Medicine Fellow FCICM
College of Intensive Care Medicine Fellow of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (historical) FJFICM
CPA Australia (Certified Practicing Accountants) Fellow FCPA
CPA Australia (Certified Practicing Accountants) Member CPA
CPA Australia (Certified Practicing Accountants) Associate ASA
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Honorary Fellow Hon FIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Fellow FIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Member MIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Graduate Member GradIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Engineering Executive EngExec[12]
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Chartered Professional Engineer CPEng[12]
Engineers Australia (IEAust) International Professional Engineer (Australia) IntPE(Aus)[12]
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Honorary Engineering Technologist Hon TFIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Engineering Technologist Fellow TFIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Engineering Technologist Member TMIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Engineering Technologist Graduate Member GradTIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Chartered Engineering Technologist CEngT[12]
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Honorary Engineering Associate Fellow Hon AFIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Engineering Associate Fellow AFIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Engineering Associate Member AMIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Engineering Associate Graduate Member GradAIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Chartered Engineering Associate CEngA[12]
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Honorary Engineering Officer Fellow Hon OFIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Engineering Officer Fellow OFIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Engineering Officer Member OMIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Engineering Officer Graduate Member GradOIEAust
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Chartered Engineering Officer CEngO[12]
Engineers Australia (IEAust) Student StudIEAust
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand[13] Fellow FEIANZ
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand[13] Member MEIANZ
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand[13] Certified Environmental Practitioner CEnvP[14][12]
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand[13] CEnvP Ecology Specialist CEnvP (Ecology Specialist)[14][12]
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand[13] CEnvP Impact Assessment Specialist CEnvP (IA Specialist)[14][12]
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand[13] CEnvP Climate Change Specialist CEnvP (CC Specialist)[14][12]
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand[13] CEnvP Contaminated Land Specialist CEnvP (CL Specialist)[14][12]
Federation of Australian Historical Societies Fellow FFAHS
Gemmological Association of Australia Fellow FGAA
Governance Institute of Australia Fellow FGIA
Governance Institute of Australia Associate AGIA
Governance Institute of Australia Certificated member GIA(Cert)
Health Informatics Society of Australia[15] Certified Health Informatician Australia CHIA
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Fellow FCA
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Member CA
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Fellow FICS
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Member MICS
Institute of Community Directors Australia [16] Associate Member AMICDA
Institute of Community Directors Australia[17] Fellow FICDA
Institute of Community Directors Australia[18] Member MICDA
Institute of Community Directors Australia[19] Diploma of Business (Governance) Dip. Bus. (Gov)
Institute of Public Accountants[20] Fellow FIPA
Institute of Public Accountants[20] Member MIPA
Institute of Public Accountants[20] Associate AIPA
Institute of Public Administration Australia Member MIPAA
Institute of Public Administration Australia Fellow FIPAA
Institute of Public Administration Australia Fellow IPPA, Victoria FIPAA (VIC)
Institute of Public Administration Australia Fellow IPPA, Western Australia FIPAA (WA)
New South Wales Operating Theatre Association Member MNSWOTA
Planning Institute Australia Student Member MPIA (Student)
Planning Institute Australia Graduate Member MPIA (Graduate)
Planning Institute Australia Member MPIA
Planning Institute Australia Member with Certified Practicing Planner accreditation MPIA CPP
Planning Institute Australia Fellow FPIA
Planning Institute Australia Fellow with Certified Practicing Planner accreditation FPIA CPP
Planning Institute Australia Life Fellow LFPIA
Planning Institute Australia Life Fellow with Certified Practicing Planner accreditation LFPIA CPP
Planning Institute Australia Honorary Fellow MPIA (Hon Fellow)
Professionals Australia Registered Professional Engineer RPEng
Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Fellow FRACDS
Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators Fellow FRACMA
Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators Associate Fellow AFRACMA
Royal Australasian College of Physicians Fellow FRACP
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Fellow FRACS
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Fellow FRANZCOG
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Diplomate DRANZCOG
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Diplomate (historical) DipRANZCOG
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Fellow FRANZCO
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Fellow FRANZCP
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists Fellow FRANZCR
Royal Australian Chemical Institute Fellow FRACI
Royal Australian Chemical Institute Member MRACI
Royal Australian Chemical Institute Chartered Chemist CChem[12]
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Fellow FRACGP
Royal Australian Historical Society Fellow FRAHS
Royal College of Nursing Australia Fellow (historical) FRCNA
Royal College of Nursing Australia Member (historical) MRCNA
Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Fellow FRCPA
Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Fellow of the Faculty of Oral Pathologists FFOP
Royal Historical Society of Victoria Fellow FRHSV
Royal Society of New South Wales[21] Distinguished Fellow Dist FRSN
Royal Society of New South Wales Fellow FRSN
Royal Society of New South Wales Member MRSN
Tax Institute (Australia) Fellow FTI
Tax Institute (Australia) Associate Member ATI
Tax Institute (Australia) Chartered Tax Adviser Member CTA
The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering[22] Fellow FTWC
The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering[22] Companion CTWC

Other Offices[edit]

Legislators
  Member of the Australian House of Representatives MP
  Member of Parliament (Qld) MP
  Member of the Legislative Assembly (NSW, Vic, WA) MLA
  Member of the Legislative Council (NSW, SA, Tas, Vic, WA) MLC
  Member of the House of Assembly (SA) MHA
  Member of the House of Assembly (Tas) MP
Vice regal
  Aide-de-Camp to the Governor-General or State Governor ADC[23]
Service
  Officer of the Royal Australian Navy RAN[23]
  Graduate of the Command and Staff College]] psc[23]
  Graduate Australian Technical Staff Officer's Course 1992 -2008 qtc[24]
  Graduate Capability Technology Management College CTMC[25]
  Approved Retired ADF Officers (Retd)[23]

The postnominal RANR is sometimes incorrectly used for Officers of the RAN Reserve; correct protocol is to use RAN as described above.[23]

Australian Army Corps abbreviations (RAAC, RAE, RAInf etc) are not recognised as postnominals[23] although they are occasionally seen.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ UTS Publication Style guide, with minor input from other sources not listed. http://www.gsu.uts.edu.au/publications/styleguide/names.html
  2. ^ http://www.gsu.uts.edu.au/publications/styleguide/names.html. http://www.kaplanprofessional.edu.au/faqs/using-post-nominals/
  3. ^ a b Refers to both the Imperial Victoria Cross and the Victoria Cross for Australia. Awarding of the Imperial Victoria Cross to Australian citizens ended when the Victoria Cross for Australia was created as part of the Australian Honours System in 1991.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al These are Imperial awards. All Imperial awards made to Australian citizens after 5 October 1992 are classed as foreign awards, and hence such Australian citizens are not entitled to use the associated post-nominal letters. (Those who were presented with these awards before that date are still permitted to use the post-nominal letters.)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m In the period 1975-1991, for Australian citizens and ADF personnel, a number of Imperial awards were replaced by Australian awards noted in the table below.
    Date Group Imperial award Australian award
    1975 citizens George Cross (GC) Cross of Valour (Australia) (CV)
    18 Oct 1989 citizens Royal Red Cross (RRC & ARRC) Nursing Service Cross (Australia) (NSC)
    1991 ADF Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
    Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)
    Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
    Star of Gallantry (SG)
    Distinguished Service Cross (Australia) (DSC)
  6. ^ Provision for further awards at the Knight & Dame level within the Order of Australia was removed by Her Majesty The Queen on 3 March 1986 on the advice of the Prime Minister. Those who have been awarded this rank are still permitted to use the title and the post-nominal letters.
  7. ^ Post-nominals within the Order of St John are not recognised as notified in the Governor-General's media release of 14 August 1982.
  8. ^ Manger, Tim P. "AMEB Grades & Exams - Piano". Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). Archived from the original on 2015-11-18. 
  9. ^ a b c d Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance
  10. ^ a b ACS membership post-nominals may be followed by a further post-nominal indicating the member's professional certification status
  11. ^ a b c d Membership, Australian Library and Information Association.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p These post-nominals reflect current professional accreditation by a professional body and involve a continuing professional development requirement monitored by the awarding body. They operate independently of post-nominals conferred by membership of the organisation at various grades, for example, a Fellow of CILT with CPL accreditation would use the post-nominals FCILT, CPL. If upon retirement the individual chose to keep up membership of CILT, they would use the post-nominal FCILT alone as they would no longer meet the continuing professional development requirements for CPL.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, www.eianz.org
  14. ^ a b c d e Certified Environmental Practitioner, www.cenvp.org
  15. ^ Health Informatics Society of Australia, www.hisa.org.au
  16. ^ Ltd, Our Community Pty. "Subscribe - Institute of Community Directors Australia". www.communitydirectors.com.au. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  17. ^ Ltd, Our Community Pty. "ICDA Diploma of Business (Governance) - Qualifications and post-nominals Courses - Institute of Community Directors Australia". www.communitydirectors.com.au. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  18. ^ Ltd, Our Community Pty. "ICDA Diploma of Business (Governance) - Qualifications and post-nominals Courses - Institute of Community Directors Australia". www.communitydirectors.com.au. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  19. ^ Ltd, Our Community Pty. "ICDA Diploma of Business (Governance) - Qualifications and post-nominals Courses - Institute of Community Directors Australia". www.communitydirectors.com.au. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  20. ^ a b c Institute of Public Accountants (formerly the National Institute of Accountants)
  21. ^ Membership of the Society, The Royal Society of NSW.
  22. ^ a b The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering
  23. ^ a b c d e f Army Protocol Manual, "Defence Publishing Service", 1999. Retrieved 24 Jun 2010
  24. ^ The Evolution of the Australian Defence College – Leading Defence Learning - 2013. Department of Defence. 2013. pp. 10 and 11. 
  25. ^ The Evolution of the Australian Defence College – Leading Defence Learning - 2013. Department of Defence. 2013. pp. 10 and 11. 

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