Bravery Medal (Australia)

The Bravery Medal (BM) is a bravery decoration awarded to Australians.[1] It is awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.[1] The BM was created in February 1975.[1] The decorations recognise acts of bravery by members of the community. They selflessly put themselves in jeopardy to protect the lives or property of others. It is ranked third of the Australian bravery decorations in the Australian Honours System. Recipients of the Bravery Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "BM".[1]

Bravery Medal
Obverse of medal
Awarded by Australia
EligibilityAustralian citizen
Awarded forActs of bravery in hazardous circumstances[1]
StatusCurrently awarded
Established14 February 1975
First awarded1976
Last awarded2016 Bravery Honours
Total awarded1,240[2]
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Medal for Gallantry (MG)
Next (lower)Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
RelatedCross of Valour
Star of Courage
Commendation for Brave Conduct
Group Bravery Citation
Ribbon of the medal



The Bravery Medal is a circular bronze medal ensigned with the Crown of Saint Edward. It is surmounted with the shield and crest of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms. The Federation Star is above the shield, which is contained in a circular zig-zag border.[1]

Bar and ribbonEdit

The medal is suspended from a ribbon by a bar inscribed "For Bravery".[1] The ribbon is 32 mm wide and has 15 alternating stripes of blood-red and magenta representing the colours of venous and arterial blood.[1]


As of November 2016, the Australian Government "It's an Honour" database contains 1,240 entries of people who have been awarded the medal.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "It's an Honour - Bravery Medal". Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  2. ^ Medal Yearbook 2016. Honiton, Devon: Token. 2016. p. 394. ISBN 978-1-908828-10-1.
  3. ^ Bravery Medal search, It's an Honour, 26 Nov 2016