Defence Honours & Awards is part of the Defence People Group.
The Medal for Gallantry was introduced in 1991 and is awarded for acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances.
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’.
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.
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.
Recipients of the medal are entitled to the postnominal letters ‘MG’. Recipients of a bar add ‘and Bar’ to the postnominal.
The nomination procedure is detailed in Chapter 7 Annex A of the Defence Honours and Awards Manual.