The Bravery Medal is awarded only for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances. It is ranked third in the list of Australian bravery decorations in the Australian honours system and recipients of this award can use the post nominal BM.
The Bravery Medal is a circular bronze medal ensigned with the Crown of St Edward in bronze. On the obverse is a central device of the shield and crest of the Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia on a background of wattle blossom, contained by a zigzag border. The reverse of the medal is a background of wattle blossom, contained by a zigzag border. The medal is surmounted by a bronze suspender bar with the raised words FOR BRAVERY. The ribbon has 15 alternating stripes of blood-red and magenta, symbolising the colours of arterial and venous blood.
Mr Shane Allen (BM)
In 2013 Shane Allen gallantly rescued a 13 year old boy being swept along the drain by fast-moving stormwater in Canberra.