Cross of Valour

Cross of Valour front

Cross of Valour front
Cross of Valour back

Cross of Valour back
Bravery Bars

Bravery Bars


The Cross of Valour is awarded for acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril.

It is the highest Australian Bravery Decoration.


Australian Bravery Decorations date from the establishment of the Australian honours system in February 1975. The Group Bravery Citation was added in 1990.

The decorations recognise acts of bravery by members of the community.

There are four levels of decoration:

There is also the Group Bravery Citation an award for a group of people involved in a single incident. 


Allan Sparkes CV was awarded the Cross of Valour in 1998

Medal Design

The Cross of Valour is a gold, straight-armed cross with diminishing rays between the arms. It is ensigned with the Crown of St Edward.

The obverse has the shield and crest of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms surmounted by a Federation Star. A suspender bar is engraved with the words For Valour.

The ribbon is magenta with a central blood-red band.