Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Australian Government has cancelled overseas Anzac Day ceremonies for 2020 on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey, near Villers-Bretonneux in France, including the Australian service at the ‘Digger’ Memorial, Bullecourt, Hellfire Pass in Thailand, Sandakan in Malaysia and Isurava in Papua New Guinea.

The Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial will be broadcast live; however, will not be open for public attendance.

Follow Government health advice when considering your commemoration options for Anzac Day.

Lest We Forget.

The Australian Government commemorates and remembers the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service men and women. This is why the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) honours all those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations by:

  • providing solemn and dignified commemorative services
  • creating and sharing historical and educational resources and information
  • delivering other community-facing products, including the Saluting Their Service grants program

We also represent the Australian Government as a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). We do this by:

  • providing and maintaining official commemorations in war cemeteries, war plots and Gardens of Remembrance in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
  • maintaining existing national memorials overseas and constructing new overseas memorials as determined by Government

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Get in touch

If you have any questions or comments you can get in touch with us at

You can also reach us at this postal address:
Community Engagement Section
Department of Veterans' Affairs
GPO Box 9998
Brisbane Qld 4001

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