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Australian Bravery Decorations

View the March 2024 Australian Bravery Decorations list

The Australian Bravery Decorations recognise acts of bravery where people selflessly put themselves in jeopardy to protect the lives or property of others.

"Australian Bravery Awards recognise and celebrate Australians who, faced with a
dangerous or perilous situation, think not of themselves or their own safety but about
others. These individuals deserve our admiration – they are an inspiration and examples of
the sort of selfless sacrifice that we can all aspire to.”

Governor-General, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)

Anyone can nominate someone for an Australian Bravery Decoration.

There are four levels of bravery awards to recognise the actions of individuals, as well as an award (established in 1990) to recognise acts of bravery by a group of people involved in a single incident:

Cross of Valour


The Cross of Valour (CV) is the non-combat equivalent of the Victoria Cross and is awarded only for acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril.

Star of Courage


The Star of Courage (SC) is awarded only for acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril.

The Bravery Medal


The Bravery Medal (BM) is awarded only for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

Commendation for Brave Conduct



Commendation for Brave Conduct may be awarded for other acts of bravery which are considered worthy of recognition.

The insignia for the Group Bravery Citation
Group Bravery Citation shall be awarded for a collective act of bravery, by a group of persons in extraordinary circumstances that is considered worthy of recognition.


More detail is available in the Australian Bravery Decorations booklet. The book includes:

  • history, eligibility and nomination details
  • Letters Patent, Regulations and Determinations
  • images and descriptions of what each award looks like; and
  • guidance on how decorations are worn.


About Letters Patent, Regulations, Determinations, and Wearing

Each award in the Australian honours system has been approved by Letters Patent signed by The Sovereign on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. The Letters Patent institutes the medal and determines that the medal is governed by the Regulations for each award.

The Regulations are approved by The Sovereign and set out the terms and conditions of an award including factors such as eligibility criteria and designations of the award.

The Regulations also authorise the Governor-General to approve the manner of wearing of each award and the design of the medal. This document is known as the Determination.

The Determination makes reference to the:

  • Order of Wearing of Australian Honours and Awards - this is the notification by the Governor-General of the order the Sovereign has determined each award is to be worn; and
  • Guide to the Wearing of Insignia - this is a detailed guide outlining the appropriate manner in which insignia are worn.

Letters Patent:

Australian Bravery Decorations Letters Patent 1975 - 14 February 1975

subsequent letters patent that amend the regulations:


Australian Bravery Decorations Regulations 2010 - 13 January 2010

as amended by: