Congratulations to NAIDOC Award recipients Squadron Leader Erin Rinaldi, Flight Lieutenant Alice Baxendale and Air Commodore Steven Roberton, DSC, AM who have were presented their awards on 13 September at Air Force Headquaters by Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO, CSC, and Indigenous representative Mr Jonathan Lilley.
The Air Force NAIDOC Award was introduced by Chief of Air Force as part of the Air Force NAIDOC celebrations on Monday 7 July 2014. Award winners received an Air Force 'Maliyan' Medallion, the first of which was presented to CAF by Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs - Air Force (GPCAPT Lisa Jackson Pulver AM) as part of the 93rd Air Force Birthday celebrations on 31 March 2014.
The face of the Medallion shows the RAAF Crest which features the Imperial Crown, a Wedge-tailed Eagle and the Latin Motto 'Per Ardua Ad Astra', which means 'Through Struggle to the Stars'. The reverse side of the Medallion features the Maliyan design created by GPCAPT Lisa Jackson Pulver AM (Maliyan is the Wiradjuri Aboriginal word for eagle).
Inspired by the Wedge-tailed Eagle in our RAAF Crest, the eagle is depicted moving through place and time with knowledge, wisdom and authority. The medallion incorporates the Southern Cross, and the pattern around the edge represents the lands, waters and the skies of our country. All are connected in time and place.
On the 23 Mar 2016, CAF endorsed changes to the Air Force Indigenous Awards to enable recognition to be given to both individuals and units for there achievements towards the Air Force Indigenous Strategy.