Australian Bravery Decorations Determinations

I, QUENTIN ALICE BRYCE, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting under regulations 3 and 13 of the Australian Bravery Decorations Regulations, revoke the Australian Bravery Decorations Determination made on the first day of September 2008 and determine as follows:

The Cross of Valour

1. Design

The Cross of Valour is a gold cross, ensigned with the Crown of Saint Edward in gold. The cross is surmounted by a gold suspender bar of fixed configuration, with the raised words ‘FOR VALOUR’ running the width of the bar on the obverse. The obverse of the cross bears a central device of the shield and crest of the Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia with the arms of the cross interspersed with fluted rays. The reverse of the cross is blank but has the arms of the cross interspersed with fluted rays and the suspender bar is clear to allow for engraving of the recipient’s name. 

2. Miniature

The miniature of the Cross of Valour is a half-size replica of the cross suspended from a miniature ribbon 16 millimetres wide.

3. Ribbon

The ribbon for the Cross of Valour is 32 millimetres wide and is magenta in colour with a blood-red central band 16 millimetres wide.

4. Ribbon Bar

The ribbon bar of the Cross of Valour consists of a strip of full-size ribbon, 32 millimetres wide and 10 millimetres deep. When the ribbon bar is worn, a representation of the cross, 5 millimetres in diameter, is attached at the centre of the ribbon bar.

5. Lapel Badge

The lapel badge of the Cross of Valour is a replica of the cross 10 millimetres in diameter.

6. Further Awards

Second and subsequent awards of the Cross of Valour are recognised by the presentation of a Gold Bar 35 millimetres wide and 6 millimetres high. The bar has a central replica of the Cross 5 millimetres in diameter. The bar is worn attached to the ribbon of the original medal. A half-size replica of the bar is worn attached to the ribbon of the miniature medal. When the ribbon bar is worn a further representation of the Cross, 5 millimetres in diameter, is attached to the ribbon bar.

7. Wearing

The Cross of Valour is worn on the left breast whenever full-size orders, decorations and medals are worn. The miniature cross is worn whenever miniatures of orders, decorations and medals are worn. The ribbon bar may be worn at any time with service dress. The lapel badge may be worn at any time with civilian dress.

The Star of Courage

8. Design

The Star of Courage is a silver seven-pointed star, ensigned with the Crown of Saint Edward in silver. The star is surmounted by a silver suspender bar of fixed configuration, with the raised words ‘FOR COURAGE’ running the width of the bar on the obverse. On the obverse the star bears a central device of the shield and crest of the Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia with the seven points of the star having a raised textured finish. The reverse of the star has a raised textured finish all over but the suspender bar is clear to allow for engraving of the recipient’s name.

9. Miniature

The miniature of the Star of Courage is a half-size replica of the star suspended from a miniature ribbon, 16 millimetres wide.

10. Ribbon

The ribbon for the Star of Courage is 32 millimetres wide and is blood-red with a magenta central band 14 millimetres wide.

11. Ribbon Bar

The ribbon bar of the Star of Courage consists of a strip of full-size ribbon, 32 millimetres wide and 10 millimetres deep. When the ribbon bar is worn, a representation of the star, 5 millimetres in diameter, is attached at the centre of the ribbon.

12. Lapel Badge

The lapel badge of the Star of Courage is a representation of the star 10 millimetres in diameter.

13. Further Awards

Second and subsequent awards of the Star of Courage are recognised by the presentation of a silver bar 35 millimetres wide and 6 millimetres high. The bar has a central replica of the star 5 millimetres in diameter. The bar is worn attached to the ribbon of the original star. A half-size replica of the bar is worn attached to the ribbon of the miniature star. When the ribbon bar is worn a further representation of the star, 5 millimetres in diameter, is attached to the ribbon bar.

14. Wearing

The Star of Courage is worn on the left breast whenever full-size orders, decorations and medals are worn. The miniature star is worn whenever miniatures of orders, decorations and medals are worn. The ribbon bar may be worn at any time with service dress. The lapel badge may be worn at any time with civilian dress.

The Bravery Medal

15. Design

The Bravery Medal is a circular bronze medal, 38 millimetres in diameter, ensigned with the Crown of Saint Edward in bronze. The medal is surmounted by a bronze suspender bar of fixed configuration, with the raised words ‘FOR BRAVERY’ running the width of the bar on the obverse. On the obverse the medal bears a central device of the shield and crest of the Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia on a background of wattle blossom, contained by a zigzag border. The reverse of the medal is a background of wattle blossom, contained by a zigzag border and the suspender bar is clear to allow for engraving of the recipient's name.

16. Miniature

The miniature of the Bravery Medal is a half-size replica of the medal suspended from a miniature ribbon 16 millimetres wide.

17. Ribbon

The ribbon for the Bravery Medal is 32 millimetres wide and has 15 alternating stripes of blood-red and magenta.

18. Ribbon Bar

The ribbon bar of the Bravery Medal consists of a strip of full-size ribbon, 32 millimetres wide and 10 millimetres deep. When the ribbon bar is worn, a representation of the medal, 5 millimetres in diameter, is attached at the centre of the ribbon.

19. Lapel Badge

The lapel badge of the Bravery Medal is a replica of the medal 10 millimetres in diameter.

20. Further Awards

Second and subsequent awards of the Bravery Medal are recognised by the presentation of a bronze bar 35 millimetres wide and 6 millimetres high. The bar has a central replica of the medal 5 millimetres in diameter. The bar is worn attached to the ribbon of the original medal. A half-size replica of the bar is worn attached to the ribbon of the miniature medal. When the ribbon bar is worn a further representation of the medal, 5 millimetres in diameter, is attached to the ribbon.

21. Wearing

The Bravery Medal is worn on the left breast whenever full-size orders, decorations and medals are worn. The miniature medal is worn whenever miniatures of orders, decorations and medals are worn. The ribbon bar may be worn at any time with service dress. The lapel badge may be worn at any time with civilian dress.

The Commendation for Brave Conduct

22. Design

The Commendation for Brave Conduct is a silver-gilt sprig of mimosa 30 millimetres long mounted on a blood-red backing ribbon 32 millimetres wide and 90 millimetres long. The centre of the sprig is 19 millimetres from the bottom of the ribbon and 16 millimetres from either edge, mounted at a 45 degree angle with the stem of the sprig pointing to the bottom left of the ribbon as viewed by the observer.

23. Miniature

The miniature of the Commendation for Brave Conduct is a half-sized replica of the commendation mounted on a miniature ribbon, 16 millimetres wide, in the same way as the full-size piece.

24. Ribbon

The ribbon of the Commendation for Brave Conduct is a blood-red ribbon 32 millimetres wide and 90 millimetres long.

25. Ribbon Bar

The ribbon bar of the Commendation for Brave Conduct consists of a strip of full-size ribbon, 32 millimetres wide and 10 millimetres deep with a miniature of the insignia of the Commendation for Brave Conduct attached to the ribbon, horizontally.

26. Lapel Badge

The lapel badge of the Commendation for Brave Conduct is a miniature of the commendation.

27. Further Awards

Second and subsequent awards of the Commendation for Brave Conduct are recognised by the presentation of an additional Commendation which is worn attached to the ribbon of the original award, above the first Commendation. A half-size replica of the Commendation is worn attached to the ribbon of the miniature award. A ribbon bar emblem in the form of a minature Commendation is attached to the ribbon bar along with previous awards.

28. Wearing

The Commendation for Brave Conduct is worn on the left breast on all occasions when full-size orders, decorations and medals are worn. The miniature commendation is worn whenever miniatures of orders, decorations and medals are worn. The ribbon bar may be worn at any time with service dress. The lapel badge may be worn at any time with civilian dress.

The Group Bravery Citation

29. Design

The Group Bravery Citation is a device which has a raised bronze sprig of wattle 25 millimetres long and 10 millimetres wide, centrally positioned on a silver rectangle 30 millimetres wide and 15 millimetres high with a raised edge 1 millimetre high and a highly polished finish. The Group Bravery Citation bears two pins on the reverse; one for stabilisation and the other is secured by a ballou clip.

30. Further Awards

Further awards of the Group Bravery Citation are recorded only by a warrant describing the separate action being recognised.

31. Wearing

The Group Bravery Citation is worn on the left lapel or left breast whenever orders, decorations and medals are worn.

32. Order of Wear

The Cross of Valour, the Star of Courage, the Bravery Medal and the Commendation for Brave Conduct are worn in accordance with The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards as approved from time to time by The Sovereign. The insignia of the Group Bravery Citation should be worn centrally, approximately 10 millimetres above other awards.

Dated this Sixth day of July 2012

Original Signed by Quentin Bryce

GOVERNOR-GENERAL