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Defence Honours & Awards

Honours and Decorations

Commendation for Gallantry

The Commendation for Gallantry was introduced in 1991 and awarded for acts of gallantry in action which are considered worthy of recognition.


The insignia is gold-plated with a Federation Star superimposed centrally on a row of flames.


The insignia is mounted on a plain orange ribbon. A miniature insignia is worn on the ribbon bar.

Further Awards

Further awards are made by Warrant describing the separate action being recognised. Second and subsequent awards are denoted by additional Commendation insignia that are attached to the ribbon above the insignia of previous awards. No additional insignia are added to the ribbon bar.


There is no entitlement to postnominal letters for recipients of the Commendation for Gallantry.

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]


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

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