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Council for the Australian Bravery Decorations

The Australian Bravery Decorations Council is an independent advisory body that considers nominations for awards and makes recommendations to the Governor-General.

The Council meets twice yearly, usually in May and November, to consider nominations and make recommendations to the Governor-General for awards.


As at 16 May 2023:


  • Ms Teresa Hart PSM

Community Representatives

  • Dr Craig Challen SC OAM
  • Ms Heidi Gan
  • Vacant

State and Territory Governments Representatives

  • Mr Shane Fitzsimmons AO AFSM (New South Wales)
  • Mr Fin Bird (Victoria)
  • Ms Filly Morgan PSM  (Queensland)
  • Mr Rik Morris (South Australia)
  • Ms Elenna Dionisio (Western Australia)
  • Commander Ronning-Burns (Northern Territory)
  • Ms Courtney Ingham (Tasmania)
  • Commissioner Georgeina Whelan AM CSC and Bar (Australian Capital Territory)

Ex-officio Representatives

  • Dr Paul Robards AM (Department of Defence)
  • Mr Peter Rush (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet)