The Star of Gallantry was introduced in 1991 and is awarded for acts of great heroism or conspicuous gallantry in action in circumstances of great peril.
The medal is a gold-plated Federation Star, with the obverse having a central device of a smaller Federation Star in a field of flames.
The reverse has a central panel for recipient details on a stepped background. The suspension bar is inscribed on both obverse and reverse with ‘FOR GALLANTRY’.
The ribbon has a design of chevrons of deep orange alternating with chevrons of light orange. The ribbon is worn with the points facing upwards.
A further award is denoted by a gold-plated bar with 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 gold-plated Federation Star.
Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters ‘SG’. Recipients of a bar add ‘and Bar’ to the post-nominal.