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Defence Honours & Awards

Honours and Decorations

Medal for Gallantry

The Medal for Gallantry was introduced in 1991 and is awarded for acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances.

Design

The medal is a gold-plated medal with the obverse having a central device of a Federation Star on a circle of flames representing action under fire. The reverse has a panel for recipient detail over a design of fluted rays of varying lengths. The suspension bar is inscribed on both obverse and reverse with ‘FOR GALLANTRY’.

Ribbon

The ribbon has a design of chevrons of light orange alternating with chevrons of deep orange. The ribbon is worn with the points facing upwards.

Further Awards

A further award is denoted by a gold-plated bar having the Federation Star on a horizontal row of flames. When the ribbon is worn alone, the award of a bar is indicated by a ribbon bar emblem in the form of a Federation Star on a gold-plated disc.

Postnominal

Recipients of the medal are entitled to the postnominal letters ‘MG’. Recipients of a bar add ‘and Bar’ to the postnominal.

Source Documents

Commonwealth of Australia Gazettes S25 of 4 February 1991 and S420 of 6 November 1996 (Letters Patent and Regulations and amendments) [PDF] [Word]

Nomination

The nomination procedure is detailed in Chapter 7 Annex A of the Defence Honours and Awards Manual.

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Medal for Gallantry - Reverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

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