Instituted in 1919 to commemorate the victory of Allied Forces over the Central Powers in the First World War. Australians were awarded the medal used by Great Britain.
Awarded for military service in the Army, Navy or Air Force; and to women serving in nursing homes and other auxiliary forces. To qualify required a period of service between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918, post-war mine clearance or service in Russia during 1919 and 1920.
Each nation used the standard rainbow ribbon design, but with a different medal to reflect nationality.