Australia actually administers two additional call areas not required for this award. The VK9 call area is issued for territories such as Christmas, Cocos, Lord Howe, Norfolk and Willis Islands as well as Mellish Reef. The VK0 call area covers territories such as Macquarie Island, Heard Island and bases on Antarctica. In all of these cases the entity in question counts as a DXCC “country” separate from Australia itself.
Because of the the way Australia divides itself up politically this award can also be viewed as a worked all Australian States award. Aussie call areas and states match up perfectly, if one considers the Canberra capital district as a state.
I’m partial to flags and maps on awards. The Worked All Australia Award certificate features both.
In addition to the standard award, which allows for contacts on any given band, you can also work towards WAAA certificates on a number of HF bands and 6M. Thus, there are actually 11 different awards to work towards.
To apply for the Worked All Australia Award, and all other FT8DMC awards, you must install the UltimateAAC application on a Windows machine. That application scans your WSJT-X ADIF log file and will inform you when you’ve qualified for the award at various levels. FT8DMC issues the award in digital form only (JPG or PDF) with no printing or shipping costs. In fact, the award is completely free, like all of their other awards.