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Australian Bravery Decorations

Australian Bravery Medal

The Australian Bravery Decorations recognise acts of selfless bravery by members of the community.

In 1989 Mr Darrell James Tree of South Australia was awarded the first Cross of Valour: Australia’s highest civilian bravery decoration. Despite repeatedly falling unconscious from electrocution Mr Tree saved a three year- old boy from a crane charged with high voltage electricity.

Australian National Flag

Australian National Flag

The Australian National Flag was first flown in Melbourne in 1901. For over a century now it has been the primary expression of Australian identity and pride.

You can receive immediate advice on how to fly the flag on special occasions by registering for the Commonwealth Flag Network alert.

Australian National Anthem

Australian National Flag image

The Australian National Anthem, proclaimed in 1984, identifies Australia at home and overseas. It unites the nation and is a public expression of joy and pride in being Australian.

The anthem is used at important public ceremonies, sporting and community events. The words of the Australian National Anthem are available for download on this site.

National Medal – Australia’s most awarded medal

As Australia’s most awarded civilian medal, the National Medal recognises long service in eligible organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members.

Jan Petterd was awarded the medal in March 2001 for her long service as a correctional officer at to Risdon Women’s Prison in Tasmania. During her 27 years at the prison, Jan played an important role in developing a more inclusive, supportive service for inmates.