National Police Bravery Awards


Nominations for the 2023 National Police Bravery Awards are now open.

This award has been developed for police by police and nominations are sought from officers across the country.

While police work is inherently dangerous…some actions stand out.

Do you know someone who has performed an exceptional act in exceptional circumstances?


  1. The nominee must be a sworn police officer from an Australian police jurisdiction.
  2. Nominees must have undertaken an outstanding act of courage or bravery, by selflessly putting themselves in harms way to protect others, going well beyond the call of duty.
  3. Where feasible, the incident should have occurred in the past twelve months, however exceptions could include if the matter is subjudice or if other unavoidable delays have occurred.

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN.  To access the nomination form click here

The National Police Bravery Awards will be presented in Canberra Tuesday 12 September 2023.

The Australian Police Bravery Awards is an award for police by police, that transcends state and jurisdictional divides; making the recipients truly national heroes.

Click here to see Australia’s police in action.

Schedule for Awards

The sixth annual Australian Police Bravery Awards will be presented at a formal dinner on Tuesday 12 September 2023 at the National Museum of Australia.

The 2022 and 2023 winners of the National Police Bravery Awards will be announced at the Award Ceremony on 12 September 2023..


In 2019, both Senior Constable Linda Farrand and Senior Constable Mark Turner from the Northern Territory were awarded the National Police Bravery Award for their acts of bravery during a lengthy and intense negotiation that occurred on the edge of a Darwin clifftop above croc-infested waters.

Click here to read more of their story.



In 2018, Senior Constable Stephanie Bochorsky from Western Australia was presented with the inaugural National Police Bravery Award at the ceremony in Canberra in recognition of her exceptional actions when she saved the lives of a toddler and her older sister who were being set alight by their father.

The following day federal parliament thanked Steph for her bravery, with acknowledgement from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.  Subsequently, Steph’s story was featured on the Nine Network’s “A Current Affair”.  Click here to view the story.



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