During World War 1 and World War 2, certain civilians who were employed by the Commonwealth served outside Australia performing special missions.

What is a special mission

A special mission is a mission that in the opinion of the Repatriation Commission was of special assistance in the prosecution of the war. Only the Commission can make a decision on what constitutes a special mission.    

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What types of service are recognised

A person who was employed by the Commonwealth on a special mission outside Australia during World War 1 or World War 2 has operational service.

If during the period of hostilities that relates to World War 2 such a person incurred danger from hostile forces of the enemy in the course of carrying out a special mission, they also have qualifying service.