Sharing Australia's military and service history through the experiences of our veterans

Look through the Anzac Portal to uncover the experiences of the men and women who have served Australia in wars, conflicts and peace. The hardship of overseas service extends to the family and friends they leave behind. We commemorate their service and sacrifice.

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Anzac Day Kitbag


If you're hosting an event this Anzac Day, look inside our kitbag. You'll find the correct Order of Service for dawn and other times, speeches, poetry and the national anthem. Plus ideas to involve children. Get our ready-to-print host resources.

This Anzac Day we’ll commemorate the service and sacrifice made by Australians in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. No matter where you are, you can post a virtual poppy and message online at
Photograph of veteran Don Looker

Don Looker's story

Veterans' stories

Don joined the Royal Australian Air Force at the age of 19. As a wireless operator, Don flew 38 operations. He recalls the dedication and courage of his fellow Bomber Command members. Listen to Don share his story.

Why We Remember teaching slide deck


Helps explain the difference between 'celebration' and 'commemoration' to lower primary students (P-3). Explore Anzac Day and common symbols of commemoration by presenting these slides in class.

Researching Australians at war


Why not take some time to uncover the service stories of your ancestors? It’s a great way to commemorate their service while also exploring Australia’s rich military history. Follow our guidance about where to start.

Do you have a project that honours veterans?


You could apply for funding. We have Saluting Their Service commemorative grants of up to $10,000 for local community projects and $150,000 for larger projects. Find out how to apply.

History in Focus discussion cards

What's new

We added new cards to our History in Focus series. You can use them to discuss our military history. During World War II, Australians in Europe served in Bomber Command, Coastal Command, Fighter Command and Transport Command.

Free books, education resources and videos

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Some of your favourite resources on Australia's military and service history:

80th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk

What's on

This month, we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk. We reflect on the 8-month siege in which some 14,000 Australian troops served, earning their iconic nickname from the Germans.

Recognition of significant episodes in Australia's past holds enormous importance to those who have served. We've listed official days of commemoration and other dates that your community may wish to observe. See our special days of commemoration.

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