Prime Minister Scott Morrison has paid tribute to ADF members in a Christmas message on behalf of the nation.

“I want you to know that in dedicating your lives to the service of others, to the service of our great country, there can be no greater gift that you could provide to all of us,” Mr Morrison said.

He said the men and women of the ADF expressed their “love and passion for the country in a way that moves all Australians and strengthens us all”.

He commended the personnel deployed overseas – from Africa to the Middle East, Afghanistan to the Pacific – who were “upholding our nation’s interests, defending our values, keeping us safe, and putting yourselves at risk in order to do so”.

The Prime Minister also thanked ADF personnel who had provided support to firefighters in recent weeks.