Her Majesty the Queen has approved the official regulations and design for Australian Defence Medal. Following extensive consultation with veterans' organisations and the wider community, the government has decided to broaden the eligibility criteria to include former ADF members who completed their initial enlistment period, or four years service, whichever is the lesser. The criteria also recognises National Servicemen and those who could not serve the four-year qualifying period because of the ADF's workplace and enlistment policies of the time. The expanded criteria also includes those who die/died in service or are medically discharged due to permanent injury and unable to reach four years or complete their initial period of enlistment. Presentation ceremonies by senior military officers and Federal parliamentarians are expected to commence in mid-2006 as the medals become available. I encourage all those eligible to submit applications and supporting evidence as soon as possible. A copy of the application form is attached.