The Group Bravery Citation is a part of the Australian Bravery Decorations where it is awarded for a collective act of bravery by a group of people in extraordinary circumstances that is considered worthy of recognition.
The Australian Bravery Decorations also involves four levels of awards for a single participant including:
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.
How it is awarded
Anyone may nominate any other person for a bravery decoration. The nomination may be for a brave act by an Australian citizen in Australia or overseas. A decoration may be awarded to a person who is not an Australian citizen for either an act done in Australia or for an act which, though done outside Australia, merits recognition as an act in the interest of Australia. Bravery decorations may be made posthumously.
The Honours Secretariat at Government House researches the nominations. The Australian Bravery Decorations Council then considers them. The Council has fourteen members including representatives of each state and territory, two ex-officio members and four community members appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, by the Governor-General.
The Australian Bravery Decorations Council makes recommendations for awards direct to the Governor-General. The Council also recommends the level of awards.
There is no set timeframe for announcing bravery awards. Generally there are two announcements each year in April and August. After the announcement of awards, recipients are invited to a ceremony or investiture at Government House in their state to receive their award.
State Emergency Services Queensland was awarded the Group Bravery Citation in 2002.
All information is sourced from Australian Government. n.d. Australian Bravery Decorations