Background: Instituted in February 1975 for acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril. It is the second highest Australian Bravery Decoration. Although designed primarily as a civilian award, the Star of Courage (SC) can be awarded to Military personnel. The Star of Courage has been awarded 145 times, the last award being announced in March 2014 to Mr Andrew MacDonald who displayed conspicuous courage during an armed raid by three men.
Design: The Star of Courage is a silver seven-pointed star, ensigned with the Crown of Saint Edward in silver. The star is surmounted by a silver suspender bar of fixed configuration, with the raised words ‘for courage’ running the width of the bar on the obverse. On the obverse the star bears a central device of the shield and crest of the Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia with the seven points of the star having a raised textured finish. The reverse of the star has a raised textured finish all over but the suspender bar is clear to allow for engraving of the recipient’s name. The medal ribbon is blood-red with a 14mm central magenta band. When the ribbon bar is worn, a representation of the star, 5 millimetres in diameter, is attached at the centre of the ribbon.
Bars: Provision is made for the award of a bar for subsequent acts of courage at the same level to have merited the award of the Star of Courage.