Awarded for 6 months service in specified non-operational areas subjected to enemy air attack or closely threatened, in Australia or overseas. Or for 12 months service in non-specified non-operational areas. Within Australia the area is the Northern Territory (north of 14 degrees 30 minutes south) and the Torres Straight Islands. The qualifying period is between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945.
The central orange stripe of the ribbon represents enemy attacks, the green represents the Islands of the United Kingdom and the black represents the black-outs caused by air raids.