Malcolm Turnbull dumps knights and dames from the Order of Australia

Knights and Dames have been scrapped from the Order of Australia awards.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dumped the knights and dames from the Order of Australia, after Cabinet agreed they were not appropriate in Australia’s modern honours system.

Mr Turnbull released a statement this morning, saying the Queen had agreed to remove the honours, which were re-introduced by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott  in 2014.



The Prime Minister announced today that Her Majesty The Queen has agreed to the Government’s recommendation to remove Knights and Dames from the Order of Australia.

Awards in the Order of Australia are an important way of honouring the achievements and service of many Australians, including those unsung heroes who might not otherwise be recognised outside their local communities.

The Cabinet recently considered the Order of Australia, in this its 40th anniversary year, and agreed that Knights and Dames are not appropriate in our modern honours system.

The Cabinet resolved to recommend to Her Majesty that she amend the Letters Patent, which establish the Order of Australia, so that Knights and Dames would no longer be appointed to the Order.

This change will not affect existing Knights and Dames of the Order.

The process for appointments in the Order remains unchanged.