Thirty UNSW Canberra alumni have been recognised for their outstanding service and contribution to the country with Australia Day honours.

These alumni join an Honours List of 1,047 recipients, including 736 in the General Division of the Order of Australia and awards for meritorious, distinguished and conspicuous service.

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) thanked the recipients for their contribution to Australia.

“They go above and beyond, are from all over the country, and contribute every day in every way imaginable. These are the people who see us through good times and bad. They’re the first to show up and the last to leave.

“They’re almost always humble to a fault but I urge recipients, for today, to put aside that humility - it’s important they know how much they are valued,” the Governor-General said.

UNSW Canberra community members recognised in this year’s honours include:

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

Lieutenant General John Frewen DSC AM

Member of the Order of Australia (AM) – Military Division

Brigadier Kahlil Fegan DSC, Brigadier Gregory Novak, Brigadier David Kelly CSC DSM, Colonel Leonard Oei, Rear Admiral Stephen Hughes CSC RAN, Air Commodore David Paddison CSC, Brigadier Craig Shortt DSC CSC DSM

Member of the Order of Australia (AM) – General Division

Dr Kirstin Ferguson

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

Warrant Officer Richard Dorey, Wing Commander Rachael Quirk

Bar to the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC1)

Colonel John Papalitsas CSC

Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)

Brigadier Jocelyn King, Commander Andrew Newman RAN, Captain Anne Andrews RAN, Colonel Michael Scott, Colonel Marc Rhodes, Flight Lieutenant Laura Haws, Lieutenant Colonel David Silverstone, Lieutenant Colonel Marek Janiszewski, Sergeant Alisha Clarkson, Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Shepherd, Commander Cindy Jenkins RAN

Bar to the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM1)

Colonel John Papalitsas CSC

Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)

Commander Christopher McGregor RAN, Lieutenant Commander Tristan Colclough RAN, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Manning, Major Robert John Gibson, Lieutenant Colonel Leigh Crawford, Commander Samuel Dale RAN

The full Australia Day 2023 Honours List can be viewed on the Governor-General website.