Dame Carol Kidu has received a number of awards and honours in recognition of her commitment to improving the rights of marginalised groups such as the disabled, children, women, HIV positive people and indigenous minorities.

  • Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) 2005
  • Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur (Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, France) 2009
  • PNG International Woman of Courage Award by the Secretary of State of the United States of America in 2007
  • Pacific Person of the Year in 2007
  • Regional Rights Resource Team Pacific Human Rights Award for contribution to promoting the rights of Pacific Islanders in 2008
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2015
  • Honorary Doctorate University of Natural Resources and the Environment (Rabaul, PNG)
  • Honorary Doctorate University of Queensland (Australia)
  • Honorary Doctorate University of Papua New Guinea
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia