Close up of young man dressed in Army slouch felt hat with a Rising Sun badge, with lines of soldiers waiting in the background

Conscription and the birthday ballot

When regular Army recruiting was too low, the National Service Act 1964 required most 20-year-old Australian men to register for national service between 1965 and 1972.

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Anzac Day Schools' Awards

This year's theme is 'Discover the stories of veterans in your local community'. Entries close 31 May 2024.

Find out how to enter


We've produced over 100 resources on Australia's military and service history. Many are for teachers and students. Some have won national awards.