Star of Gallantry, Medal for Gallantry and Commendation for Gallantry
The Star of Gallantry (SG) is awarded only for acts of great heroism or conspicuous gallantry in action in circumstances of great peril.
The Medal for Gallantry (MG) is awarded only for acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances.
The Commendation for Gallantry is awarded for other acts of gallantry in action which are considered worthy of recognition.
- 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.
Gallantry Decorations Letters Patent 1991 - 15 January 1991
subsequent letters patent that amend the regulations:
- Gallantry Decorations Letters Patent (Amendment) - 17 October 1996
Gallantry Decorations Regulations 2009 - 22 May 2009
as amended by:
- Gallantry Decorations Regulations 1996 - Amendment - 17 October 1996
- Gallantry Decorations Regulations 1991 - 15 January 1991 (original instrument)