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Defence Honours & Awards

Honours and Decorations

Star of Gallantry

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.

Further Awards

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 postnominal letters ‘SG’. Recipients of a bar add ‘and Bar’ to the post-nominal.

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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Star of Gallantry - Reverse - Click to open high resolution version in new window

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