Unit Citation for Gallantry


The Unit Citation for Gallantry recognises extraordinary gallantry in action.

It is one of two Unit Citations that acknowledge the value of collective effort in military operations. The other award is the Meritorious Unit Citation.


The Unit Citation for Gallantry and the Meritorious Unit Citation were introduced into the Australian honours system in 1991.

Unlike awards for individuals, recognition of group endeavour has little history in honours systems around the world. The relatively recent tradition of unit citations introduced by the United States in 1942, has prompted broader recognition of collective endeavour.

The Unit Citation for Gallantry was formally established on 15 January 1991 by Letters Patent.

Past recipients

Following Operation Falconer in Iraq, a Unit Citation for Gallantry was awarded to Australian Army No.1 Special Air Service Squadron. The unit was recognised for the development and execution of bold, innovative plans in support of high-risk operations.

Search the Australian Honours List for recipients of the Unit Citation for Gallantry.

View the numbers awarded for the Unit Citation for Gallantry.

How it is awarded

The Governor-General awards the Unit Citation for Gallantry on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence.

Each award consists of a certificate of citation to the unit signed by the Governor-General and insignia for each recipient.

The citation may be awarded posthumously. There are no post-nominal entitlements.

Medal design

Unit Citation for Gallantry  - front Unit Citation for Gallantry  - back

Unit Citation for Gallantry

The medal of a Unit Citation for Gallantry is a gilt sterling-silver frame with a design of flames emanating from the edge to the centre. The frame surrounds a ribbon bar of deep green, which displays a gilt sterling-silver Federation Star at its centre.

Members who join a unit after the citation is awarded are entitled to wear the insignia but without the Federation Star.

Print fact sheet

The information on this page is available as a printable fact sheet.

More information

For more information on the Unit Citation for Gallantry contact:

Directorate of Honours and Awards
Department of Defence
Ph: 1800 111 321

Website: http://www.defence.gov.au/medals/

Last Updated: 24 September, 2008