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Gallantry Decorations

Gallantry decorations are awarded for heroic courage in action.

Gallantry decorations are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence. Awards are announced on Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday weekend.

The Victoria Cross for Australia

The Victoria Cross for Australia (VC) is the pre-eminent award for acts of bravery in wartime and Australia’s highest military honour. It is awarded for the most conspicuous gallantry, or daring or pre-eminent acts of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.

Star of Gallantry

The Star of Gallantry (SG) is awarded only for acts of great heroism or conspicuous gallantry in action in circumstances of great peril.

Medal for Gallantry
The Medal for Gallantry (MG) is awarded only for acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances.
Commendation for Gallantry
The Commendation for Gallantry is awarded for other acts of gallantry in action which are considered worthy of recognition.
Unit Citation for Gallantry
The Unit Citation for Gallantry recognises gallantry in action by units of the Defence Force and by units of the defence forces of other countries. It is awarded to a unit only for acts of extraordinary gallantry in action.

Details

More detail is available in the Gallantry Decorations Booklet. The book includes:

  • Letters Patent and regulations
  • images and descriptions of what each award looks like; and
  • guidance on how decorations are worn.