In promising news for gender equity, the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List includes the highest ever percentage of women (44 per cent) recognised through the General Division of the Order of Australia. Women recipients of honours in the emergency management and disaster resilience sector for 2021 include:

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
Christine Nixon APM – former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner

Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)
Michelle Engelsman (COVID-19 Honour Roll) – Fire and Rescue NSW
Carolyn Noon – NSW Rural Fire Service
Kelly Rash – Forest Fire Management Victoria
Lesley Read – CFA Victoria

Ambulance Service Medal (ASM)
Sandra Cowley – Queensland Ambulance Service
Simmone Locke (COVID-19 Honour Roll) – NSW Ambulance Service
Michelle Shiel – NSW Ambulance Service

Emergency Services Medal (ESM)
Dinah Boswell – Ambulance Victoria
Kimberley Gee – Venus Bay Life Saving Club
Heather Stuart – NSW State Emergency Service