Background: The Medal for Gallantry (MG) was introduced in 1991 as a level three award and is awarded for acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances. Since its inception, some 55 awards have been made, many for military service in Vietnam and Afghanistan.

Design: The medal is a gold-plated medal with the obverse having a central device of a Federation Star on a circle of flames representing action under fire. The reverse has a panel for recipient detail over a design of fluted rays of varying lengths. The suspension bar is inscribed on both obverse and reverse with ‘FOR GALLANTRY’. The ribbon has a design of chevrons of light orange alternating with chevrons of deep orange. The ribbon is worn with the points facing upwards.

Bars: A further award is denoted by a gold-plated bar having 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 Federation Star on a gold-plated disc.