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Last update: 30 July 2005
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1 Commonwealth 4 Navy
2 Army 5 Defence Forces
3 Air Force 6 Royal and high officials
   

1 Commonwealth


  Picture Date
of first
issue
Date
of last
issue
Type Description Remarks
1
  1939 govt PMG 123
(141-266)
Post Master General
NPCC
obviously PMG from Queensland
(bk/wh and wh/bk)
Mangiagli
2   1939 army DD 123 Defence Department
WW I, used as Ambulance
see more under Army
Hope
3 1920s? 1939 army AF 12 Airforce
see more under Air Force
Mangiagli
4 ?   govt C 12 old C type
NSW issue?
1923 C 55
NPCC
5





1938   govt C 12
(2-50)
(19-64)
Ministerial
C 1 = Prime Minister
thru the years some slight changes
old star points down
NPCC (5x)
newer one points up
Gorden (#19)

last one is reflective orange
this might be a prototype
NPCC
6 ?   govt crown Governor General
see more under Royal and high officials
Gorden
7
1939? 1945? govt C 12345
(2720-24943)
Commonwealth of Australia
NPCC
Rinaldi
8   1961 govt C 1234 motorcycle
Jeffriess
9     govt O 123 unknown O
might be a sample
NPCC
10     govt V 123 unknown V motorcycle
NPCC
11


1940 1950 govt 12345
(1716-23239)

123

123

Allied Work Council
Hope (1st)

Commonwealth Department of Works
seen 2/A, 3/A, 19/A and 5/C
Gordon
Department of Welfare and Housing
seen 3/A, 12/A, 18/A, 19/A, 9/B, 18/B, 21/C, 18/D, 21/D  and 21/F
Gordon
12
1945? 1961 govt C 12345
(0286-94710)
(remake 00173)
Commonwealth of Australia
first as 4 digit series, later as 5 digit (with leading zero's)
1953 70000
C 0080 still used as trade plate in 1993
13 ? ? govt C 123
(C 736)
Commonwealth of Australia
motorcycle
NPCC
14 Aug 1961 1974 govt ABC 123 Commonwealth of Australia
I = Department of Interior
non reflective
15 Aug 1961 1975 govt AB 123 motorcycle
non reflective
Jeffriess
16 1974 1979 govt ABC 123 Commonwealth of Australia
no C of A
I = Department of Interior
vertical diamond, reflective
17 1975 1979 govt AB 123 motorcycle
vertical diamond, reflective
Jeffriess
18 1979   govt ABC 123 Commonwealth of Australia
with C of A
vertical diamond
19 1979   govt AB 123 motorcycle
with C of A
vertical diamond
20 ?   govt   Commonwealth of Australia
with C of A
horizontal diamond
21 ?   govt   motorcycle
horizontal diamond
Jeffriess
22 ?   govt    
23
1961 1989 govt ZIB 123
(217-794)
bus
1974 ZIB 200?
Gordon (2x)

 
24


1961 1988 govt ZTA 123 T = trailer
Gorden (4x)
25 1961 1981 govt ZMA 123
(ZMA-ZMD)
SMHEA = Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Authority
(changed over in 1981 to SMA 500 - 949)
Hope
26
Feb 1985 now govt A 123 high officials
low numbers = Ministerial
ACT 1 - 200
NSW 201 - 400
VIC 401 - 600
QLD 601 - 650
SA 701 - 750
WA 801 - 850
TAS 901 - 920
NT 951 - 960
later version (2000)
Roberts
27 end 1987 ? govt ZABE 123
(1-141)
Australian Bicentennial Exhibition
NPCC
28 1988 now govt ZXA 123 X = trailer
NPCC
29
1988 ? govt 12
(2-29)
visit to Australia
350 x 180mm
Gordon (13)
30



1989 ? govt 12
(1-10)
visit to Australia
later AUS size
crown
alternate (alt)
pilot
sweep
A
AA
1-20
Gorden (5x)
NPCC (alternate)
O'Regan (VIC - alt)
NPCC (sweep)
Gordon (10)
31 1992   govt C 123 F WA is shown for insurance purposes
F = Federal
32 1992   govt ZAB 12 F WA is shown for insurance purposes
F = Federal
33 1994   govt ENROL 12 Electoral Commission
NPCC
34
1994 2000 govt ZAB 123 new plate manufacturer (see C of A)
10 mounting holes NPCC
later version 1998? Hope
all Z series will be replaces by state issues
ACT = ZYA 123
VIC = ZED 123 (+ Z12345 for trailers)
QLD = ZQ 1234 (later a screened Z)
SA = ZSA 123 as Corporate issue (with CofA as optinal slogan) (2002)
NSW = ZZZ 123 (2002)
TAS = ZTA 123 (2004)
35
Jan 1995   govt ASSET 123
(007-460)
(with triangle)
Commonwealth Department of Administration Services
2nd one: pre series sample? (diamond)
NPCC
36





Jan 1995 Aug 1997 govt AS 123 V Asset Services Total Building Maintenance
V = Victoria
S = South Australia
Gordon (A + Q)
Rinaldi (D)
NPCC (N, S, T + V)
37 Jan 1995 Aug 1997 govt ASSET 12
(10-13)
for WA
Asset Services Total Building Maintenance
Gordon
38 1995   govt WWII 50 Minister for Defence
used in 1995, 50 years after WWII
NPCC
39 Aug 1996 Nov 1997 govt AN 123
(006-214)
Australian National Railways
Gordon
40 1996   govt ATS 00H Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) Training Service (ATS)
G = ACT, H = SA
NPCC
41 1997   govt DVA 123 Department of Veteran Affairs
NPCC
also a WA (instead of CofA) version
42 2000
wh/gr
  govt AUSPIC 1 official photographers
at the Parliament House
NPCC
43 2000   govt APLC 123 Australian Plaque Locust Commission
NPCC
44            
 

2 Army


  Picture Date
of first
issue
Date
of last
issue
Type Description Remarks
1

  1939 army DD 123 Defence Department
WW I, used as Ambulance
Hope
NPCC (2nd and 3rd))
2 1939 1942 army C 1234 Army
from the general Commonwealth series
C 21 - C 750
and C 1700 upwards NPCC
3

Mar 1942 1949? army AIF 12 Australian Infantry Forces
used overseas NPCC (2x)
M = motor car (poor picture)
C = motorcycle?
V = van, light truck (poor picture)
L = lorry, heavy truck
X = ?

last picture: at the end of WWII in Sydney
4
Mar 1942 May 1972 army 123456
(26533-178460)
Australian Military Forces
used in Australia
5     army 12345
(94715-94982)
Australian Military Forces
motorcycle
Gordon
6     army 12345
(02014-04054)
Australian Military Forces
used on a small gun (a canon)
Gordon
7     army 12345
(27933-28588)
Australian Military Forces
NPCC
8

May 1972   army 12345
(1)
(3100)
(25000)
(50000-50454))
(100000)
(200068)
 Roberts (50.000)
9 May 1972   army 12345
(30295-42136)
 
10     army 12345
(01096)
used on a small gun
(a canon)
Gordon
11 1989?   army 1234
(0091)
used on a Hammel gun
(a big canon)
NPCC
12 1985?   army 1 Army 3 star = Lieutenant General
stars on a red background
NPCC
13

1985?   army ADF 1
(1-8)
LHQ 1
1 BDE
 
Army custom (first seen in)
only for 2 star officers and up

Australia Defence Forces (1985)
see more under Defence Forces
Logistical Head Quarters (1988)
based in Melbourne
(front plate without ARMY)
Australian Military Forces
1st Brigade (1990)
at Holdsworthy
NPCC (3x)
see 1992 for more plates
 
14 1989   army 123456 Gordon
15 1990   army 123456  
16 1991   army 123456  
17 1991   army 123456
(900061-911927)
motorcycle
18
1992   army 123456
(921498)
(920536-920635)
 

diamond mistake
Gordon

19




1992   army 1 MD
(1-7)
DCP
TRGCOMD
CGS
NORCOM
ADF 1
RSM
RSM 1
SASR 1
CONSUP
Army custom (first seen in)
see 1985 for older versions

Military District (1992-1993)
NPCC
Gordon/Roberts

Defence Centre (P = Perth) (1993)
DC replaced MD
see more under Defence Forces
NPCC
Training Commander (1994)
Army 2 star = Major General
stars on a red background
NPCC 
Chief of the General Staff (1996)
NPCC 
Commander in the NT (1997)
NPCC  (2x)
also ADF 1 (1997)
with Army - Serving the Nation
Regimental Sergeant Major? (1997)
with Army - Serving the Nation
and RSM 1 (1997)
with only Army
and Australia's Special Air Service Regiment (1997)
with only Army
and CONSUP
with only Army
 
 20 1993   army 123456 serving the nation
Gordon
 21     army 123456
(200546-202394)
(remake 38842)
army
serving the nation
 22
1994   army 123456
(940029-940667)
VIC (941567-941638)
 

Victorian dies
Gordon

 23
1995   army 123456 also vary dark green
Gordon (2x)
 24 1996   army ARMY 1 first seen in 1996?
probably started in 1990
O'Regan 
25 1996   army 123456 Gordon
26 1997   army 123456 Roberts
27 1998   army 123456 NPCC
28 1998   army 123456 Army - ADF LHS
Australia Defence Forces Line Haulage Section NPCC
29 ?   army 123456 army
motorcycle and trailer
O'Regan
30 1999   army 123456  
31
1999   army 12345 army
2 used plates in unknown format
NPCC (2x)
32 2000   army 123456  Roberts
33   2001   army 123456  
34


2001   army 2 DIV
DJFHQ
LCAUST
RSMA
Army custom (first seen in)
head of the 2nd Division? (2001)
NPCC
Defence Joint Forces Headquarters (2001)
see also under Defence Forces
located in the Gallipoli Barracks in Enogerra, Queensland
Roberts
LCAUST (2003)
NPCC
Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army
NPCC (2004)
 
35 2002 2002 army 123456
(0032-0585)
army
serving the nation
O'Regan

(also seen 020-032)
36 ?   army 123456
(remake 34022 - 203142)
Australian Defence Force
see more under Defence Forces
O'Regan
37

Jan 2003 2005 army A 12345 army
Serving the Nation
Roberts
O'Regan (2nd)
38 2005   army 123456 Australian Defence Force
see more under Defence Forces
Roberts
 

3 Air Force


  Picture Date
of first
issue
Date
of last
issue
Type Description Remarks
1 1920s? 1939? army AF 123 Air Force
it looks as if there is a dot in between the A and the F
Mangiagli
2 picture wanted 1939? 1943? army C 1234 Air Force
from the general Commonwealth series
C 1000 - C 1500
3 Aug 1943 Aug 1959 army 123456
(218774-218873)
Royal Australian Air Force
NPCC
4
Aug 1959 Oct 1967  army 123456
(219542-221229)
Royal Australian Air Force
NPCC
Gordon (2nd)
5 Oct 1967 1971  army 123456
(220013-221661)
Royal Australian Air Force
NPCC
6
Mar 1971 ?  army 123456
(223000-229534)
(remake 219965)
(111111)
Royal Australian Air Force
Gordon (2nd)
7 ? ?  army 123456
(remake 223934)
ir Force
color="#0000FF">NPCC
8 1987? ?  army 123456
(230694-230911)
Royal Australian Air Force
very dark blue
small dies
9     army 123456
(233695-234155)
Royal Australian Air Force
much lighter blue
small dies
O'Regan
10
1994   army RSG 12
AC AUST
RAAF custom (first seen in)
Reserve Staff Group (1994)
NPCC
Air Command Australia (1995)
Roberts
11 July 1995   army 123456
(235001-235136)
(remake 230032-234453)
Air Force
VIC dies
kangaroo is going right
Roberts
12     army ACAUST RAAF custom (first seen in)
Air Command Australia (2001)
Roberts
13 1998   army 123456
(234204-236274)
Air Force
1998 236000
 
14 1998   army 123456
(200121-200560)
Royal Australian Air Force
trailer (and motorcycle?)
O'Regan
15   2000   army   balloon raaf
trailer carrying a hot air balloon
16

2002?   army 123456
(238894-240445)
(remake 231815)
Air Force
NSW dies
newer series:
kangaroo is going left
Roberts (2x)
O'Regan (3rd)
 
17     army RAAF 1 Chief of Air Force
RAAF 3 star = Air Marshal
stars on a light blue background
O'Regan
18
2004   army R 12345
(R 04002-R 05049)
Air Force
O'Regan (2x)


 

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4 Navy


  Picture Date
of first
issue
Date
of last
issue
Type Description Remarks
1 picture wanted 1939?
1945?
1961 army C 123 Navy
from the general Commonwealth series
C 751 - C 800
2 1961 1996? army ZNA 123 N = Navy
from the general Commonwealth series
(ZNI = used on Norfolk Island)
Gorden
3 1988?   army NAVY 1 Navy
Navy 3 star = vice Admiral
stars on a white background
Gorden
4 May 1996 1999 army NAVY 123
(NAVY 143-NAVY 819)
Navy
Brightwell
5 1998   army NAVY 1 Navy
Securing Australia's Future
NPCC
6

July 1999 2003 army N 12345
(N 99114-N 03061)
Navy
Australian Defence Force
NPCC
Gordon (2nd)
Roberts (3rd)
7 2000   army MCAUST Royal Australian Navy
Protecting Australia's Maritime Interests
Roberts
8 2004 now army N 12345
(N 04065-N 05)
Navy
Protecting Australia's Interests
Roberts
9            
10            
 

5 Defence Forces


  Picture Date of first issue Date of last issue Type Description Remarks
1 1985?   army ADF 1
(1-8)
Australia Defence Forces (1985)
NPCC
Army custom (first seen in)
only for 2 star officers and up
2
Aug 1991   army ADFA 123
(001-271)
(24-29)
Australian Defence Force Academy
first series had stick-on letters and were soon replaced by silk screened versions
(ADFA 001 also used ADF 6)
Gordon
NPCC
3
1995   army DCA
DCM 12
Defence Centre (A = Adelaide) (1995)
for DC-P see under Army (1992)
NPCC
Defence Centre (M = Melbourne) (1995)
NPCC
4     army 1234
(2193-2393)
Defence Centre Melbourne
NPCC
5 1996   army 12 Defence Centre Canberra
Gordon
6 1997   army ADF 12
NORCOM
Australia Defence Forces (1997)
use by the Commander in the NT
Defending the North is in orche on white
NPCC (3x)
7 1998   army 123456 Army - ADF LHS
Australia Defence Forces Line Haulage Section NPCC
8 ?
green
  army 123456
(remake 34022 - 203142)
Australian Defence Force
see also under Army
O'Regan
9 2000   army COMAST Commander Australia Study Tour?
Roberts
10 2000   army JTFGOLD Commander Joint Task Force Gold
operation Gold = Security for the Games in a joint effort by Police, Army and Navy
NPCC
11 2001   army DJFHQ Defence Joint Forces Headquarters
see also under Army
located in the Gallipoli Barracks in Enogerra, Queensland
Roberts

 
12
2002 2003 army D 12345 Australian Defence Force
Roberts
O'Regan
13 2004   army ADF 2 Vice Chief of the Defence Force
currently vice Admiral
O'Regan
14
2004 2005 army D 12345 Australian Defence Organisation
O'Regan (2x)
15 2005   army 123456 Australian Defence Force
see also under Army
Roberts
 

6 Royal and high officials


  Picture Date of first issue Date of last issue Type Description Remarks
1     govt Crown Vice-Regal Crown on a 1919 Hudson
NPCC
2 ? 1952 govt Crown NSW Governor General
this one is marked 11
NPCC
3 1950   govt crown TAS Governor General
Hobart, finish of the 1950 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
NPCC
4 ?   govt crown Governor General
Gorden
5
 
?   govt crown King's Crown?
NPCC (7/2000)
6 ?   govt crown Queensland?
NPCC (10/2004)
7 70s?   govt crown WA Lieutenant Governor
Gordon
8 80s?   govt crown WA Governor General
Gordon
9 1988   govt LM 000 Lord Mayor of Melbourne
NPCC
10 90s?   govt crown WA Governor General
bronze painted
Gordon
11 1990   govt   Lord Mayor of Perth
coat-of-arms of the city
Gordon
12 1991   govt crown Vice-Regal Crown
Governor-General
NSW?
picture seen in 1991?
13 1995   govt crown SA Governor General
(seen in 1995)
NPCC
14 2004   govt crown NSW Governor General
(seen in 2004)
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