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Australian Bravery Decorations

The Governor-General has announced  Australian Bravery Decorations to recognise the courageous acts of individuals.

“In a moment of peril, today’s recipients were selfless and brave. On behalf of all Australians, I offer congratulations and thanks. 

“No one sets out to be brave. No one really knows how, when presented with a dangerous situation, they will act. The men and women that we are celebrating today acted bravely.

“Each found themselves in a perilous situation. There was a threat. They or fellow citizens were in danger and, in that instant, they chose to help. 

“Each of their stories is inspirational and speaks to who we all aspire to be. To recipients, wear the recognition you are receiving today with pride. We are proud of you.

Australian Bravery Decorations recognise acts of bravery where people selflessly put themselves in jeopardy to protect the lives or property of others. The following decorations are being awarded today:

  • Bravery Medal: 15 (1 person also awarded the Group Bravery Citation)
  • Commendation for Brave ​Conduct: 20 (2 people also awarded the Group Bravery Citation)
  • Group Bravery Citation:           3 groups (14 people)

Two Australian Bravery lists are announced every year. The independent Australian Bravery Decorations Council makes recommendations to the Governor-General regarding who should be recognised and at what level of award.

More information about Australian Bravery Decorations is available at