Victory in the Pacific Day 15 August

Victory in the Pacific Day marks Japan's unconditional surrender to the Allies after more than 3 years of war. It's a special time for us to reflect on the important role that Australians played to end the war in the Pacific region.

Grant applications open

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day. If your organisation wants to apply for grant funding for an event, consider our Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program. Applications via Community Grants Hub close at 11pm AEDT 31 March 2020.

Significance of the date

Victory in the Pacific Day - or 'VP Day' - is commemorated across Australia and the world. As the anniversary of the day World War II ended, it's a date that we'll never forget.

On 15 August 1945, Japan accepted the Allied Nations' terms of surrender and Australia's Prime Minister, Ben Chifley, announced that the war was over.

Australia at war

World War II is a significant event in Australia's history. Nearly 1 million Australians served in the armed forces during the war. It was also the first time since European settlement that Australia came under attack.

On VP Day, we remember Australia's war efforts from 1942 to 1945 in the Pacific region, including in Singapore, Borneo, Malaya, Papua, New Guinea and New Britain. It was a time when people worked hard and cooperated to defend the nation.

We commemorate those who served in the war. Some 40,000 Australians didn't return home to their families. Over 17,000 of them lost their lives while fighting in the war against Japan, some 8000 of whom died in Japanese captivity.

Was this page helpful?