|Order of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria|
Grand Cross, Special Class set of the Order
|Awarded for||Meritorious service |
to the Austrian nation
|Eligibility||Civilians and military personnel|
|Established||2 April 1952|
|Next (higher)||None (highest)|
|Next (lower)||Varies by grade|
|Related||Order for Science and the Arts|
The decoration is awarded in 15 grades and is Austria's highest national honour.
The "Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria" was established by the National Council in 1952. It is conferred by the Republic of Austria to honour people (from Austria and abroad) who have rendered meritorious services to the country. Recipients are selected by the government. The awards are made by the President in accordance with the respective laws. The State President of Austria automatically receives the "Grand Star of the Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria" by being elected to the office and holds this honour for life. The decoration should not be confused with other decorations in the Austrian honours system such as the "Austrian Decoration for Science and Art".
The Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria is divided into the 15 classes as follows:
The "Gold Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria" may also be conferred as "Gold Medal with Red Riband" awarded for bravery and lifesaving.
Below is a list of all Grand Star recipients and other notable recipients, in chronological order with year of award in parentheses:.