Indigenous Australians Recognised for Bravery

Francis Unmeopa made this Freedom of Information request to Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

Please accept this request for information under the FOI Act.

Respectfully, I have two requests for information.

1: When was the last time a living Indigenous Australian was recognised for Bravery under the Australian Honours and Awards system.
2: How many Indigenous Australians have been recognised for Bravery under the Australian Honours and Awards system.

If it helps, thus far I am aware of the following awards.
1: Aya-I-Ga being awarded The Albert Medal for Bravery in 1912.
2: Two Wiradjuri men Yarri and Jacky being retrospectively awarded Bravery Medals in 2019 for their actions in 1852.
3: A Walpiri man, Teddy Egan being retrospectively awarded a posthumous Bravery Award for his actions in 1967.

Thanking you
Yours faithfully,

Francis Unmeopa

FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Dear Mr Unmeopa


Thank you for your email dated 2 November 2021, received by the Department
of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department).


Validity of your request


Section 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) relevantly
provides that a person is entitled to obtain access under the FOI Act to a
document of an agency or a minister, rather than to information.

Your request appears to seek general information relating to Bravery
Awards issued to Indigenous Australians, and is not a request for


A valid FOI request must meet requirements outlined in Section 15 of the
FOI Act, as follows:


-          The request must be in writing;

-          It must state it is a request for the purposes of the FOI Act;

-          It must provide such information as is reasonably necessary to
enable the agency to identify the document/s.


As your request is not a valid FOI request under section 15 of the FOI
Act, we will take no further action in processing your request. However,
the Department is able to provide further details to assist you in
obtaining the requested information. 


Redirection of your query


If you wish to seek information regarding Australian Bravery Decorations,
you may contact [1]The Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat in the
Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor General.  The direct
email for matters related to Australian Bravery Decorations is
[2][email address] or telephone (02) 6283 3533 or 1800 552 275 (toll
free number within Australia). 


We hope this information has been of assistance to you.


Your sincerely


Adviser | FOI Section[]

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

Ngunnawal Country, One National Circuit  Barton  ACT  2600  |  PO Box
6500  CANBERRA  ACT  2600
e. [3][email address]  w. [4]


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