The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 (AASM 45-75) was approved in 1997. It may be awarded for service in, or in connection with prescribed warlike operations from 3 September 1945 until 13 February 1975.
The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 is a nickel-silver medal. The obverse has a Federation Star surronded by the legend ‘THE AUSTRALIAN ACTIVE SERVICE MEDAL 1945-1975’. The reverse has a wreath of mimosa surrounding a plaque showing the recipient’s details.
The ribbon for The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975, has a central thin red stripe flanked by stripes of yellow, pale blue, dark green and purple. These colours being representative of the ribbon colours of the Imperial awards previously issued for campaign service.