Description of Medals
The Cross of Valour is the highest civilian award that Australia can confer, being higher in precedence than the Companion of the Order of Australia.


Design
The Cross of Valour (Gold), the Star of Courage (Silver) and Bravery Medal (Bronze) each have ribbons of different combinations of magenta and blood red, representing the colours of venous and arterial blood.

The medals for these awards are each of a different design but share the common elements of the Australian Coat of Arms and the Federation Star. They are ensigned with the Crown of St Edward and are suspended from the ribbon by a bar inscribed "For Valour", "For Courage" or "For Bravery", depending on the award.

The Commendation for Brave Conduct is a silver-gilt badge featuring a sprig of wattle mounted on a blood-red backing ribbon.

The Group Citation for Bravery is a bronze and silver rectangular badge, with a multi leaf sprig of wattle representing the nature of group participation - the coming together of the many to create a single entity.


Postnominals
Recipients of the Cross of Valour are entitled to use the postnominals CV after their name.

Recipients of the Star of Courage are entitled to use the postnominals SC after their name.

Recipients of the Bravery Medal are entitled to use the postnominals BM after their name.


 

THE ORDER OF WEARING AUSTRALIAN HONOURS AND AWARDS

 

THE SCHEDULE

VICTORIA CROSS VC

George Cross GC

CROSS OF VALOUR CV

KNIGHT/LADY OF THE GARTER KG/LG

KNIGHT/LADY OF THE THISTLE KT/LT

Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath GCB

ORDER OF MERIT OM

KNIGHT/DAME OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA AK/AD

Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George GCMG

KNIGHT/DAME GRAND CROSS OF THE ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER GCVO

Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire GBE

COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA AC

Companion of Honour CH

Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath KCB/DCB

Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George KCMG/DCMG

KNIGHT/DAME COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER KCVO/DCVO

Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire KBE/DBE

Knight Bachelor (NB: Confers title of "Sir" - no postnominals)

OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA AO

Companion of the Order of the Bath CB

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George CMG

COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER CVO

Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE

STAR OF GALLANTRY SG

STAR OF COURAGE SC

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order DSO

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS DSC

MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA AM

LIEUTENANT OF THE ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER LVO

Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE

Companion of the Imperial Service Order ISO

MEMBER OF THE ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER MVO

Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE

CONSPICUOUS SERVICE CROSS CSC

NURSING SERVICE CROSS NSC

Royal Red Cross (1st Class) RRC

Distinguished Service Cross DSC

Military Cross MC

Distinguished Flying Cross DFC

Air Force Cross AFC

Royal Red Cross (2nd Class) ARRC

MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY MG

BRAVERY MEDAL BM

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL DSM

PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL PSM

AUSTRALIAN POLICE MEDAL APM

AUSTRALIAN FIRE SERVICE MEDAL AFSM

AMBULANCE SERVICE MEDAL ASM

EMERGENCY SERVICES MEDAL ESM

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA OAM

ORDER OF ST JOHN

Distinguished Conduct Medal DCM

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal CGM

George Medal GM

CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL CSM

AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC MEDAL AAM

Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry QPM

Queen's Fire Service Medal for Gallantry QFSM

Distinguished Service Medal DSM

Military Medal MM

Distinguished Flying Medal DFM

Air Force Medal AFM

Queen's Gallantry Medal QGM

ROYAL VICTORIAN MEDAL RVM

British Empire Medal BEM

Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service QPM

Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service QFSM

COMMENDATION FOR GALLANTRY

COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT

Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct

COMMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

War medals, campaign medals, active service medals and

service medals, 

POLICE OVERSEAS SERVICE MEDAL 

HUMANITARIAN OVERSEAS SERVICE MEDAL 

CIVILIAN SERVICE MEDAL 1939-1945

Polar Medal

Imperial Service Medal

Coronation, Jubilee, Remembrance and

Commemorative medals, (in order of date of receipt) 

DEFENCE FORCE SERVICE MEDAL

RESERVE FORCE DECORATION RFD

RESERVE FORCE MEDAL

DEFENCE LONG SERVICE MEDAL

NATIONAL MEDAL

AUSTRALIAN CADET FORCES SERVICE MEDAL

CHAMPION SHOTS MEDAL

Long Service Medals 

ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL SERVICE 1951-1972 MEDAL

Independence and Anniversary Medals, (in order of date of receipt)

Foreign Awards, (in order of date of authorisation of their acceptance and wearing)

 

General Note:

The Unit Citation for Gallantry, the Meritorious Unit Citation and the Group Bravery Citation are not positioned in The Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards.For members of uniformed services, they should be worn in accordance with the dress rules of the particular Service concerned. Civilian personnel awarded the Group Bravery Citation should wear the insignia on the left lapel or left breast. Should other honours or awards have been awarded, the Group Bravery Citation should be worn centrally, approx 10mm above these.

How to Wear Medals on Civilian Clothing

Recipients receive a full-size piece of insignia and a miniature. They may also receive a ribbon bar or a small lapel badge.

Recipients of Imperial awards are invested with the main piece of insignia and can purchase privately ribbon bars and miniatures.

Full size insignia is normally worn at daytime social occasions, placed on the left side of the coat or dress, above the left breast. Full size insignia is worn at ceremonies for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day observances and at formal social gatherings where the wearing of insignia has been mentioned in the invitation.

Miniatures are normally worn only at evening occasions and placed in the same position as full size insignia. Invitations normally state if decorations are to be worn.

Some awards, such as the Companion in the Order of Australia have a neck badge and some Imperial awards have large breast stars. These should be worn as well as the miniatures.

Lapel badges are a feature of many Australian awards and recipients may wear them as often as they can when other insignia is not being worn.

Ribbon bars are not worn on civilian attire, but may be worn on the left hand side on the uniforms of most public services: police and fire services, parliamentary attendants, etc, in accordance with the uniform codes of those services.