Uses allowed under the regulations

While most uses of the word 'Anzac' require the authority of the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, there are a couple of uses that are excluded from this requirement under the Regulations.  These are:

  • the use of the words 'Anzac Day' in connection with an entertainment held on 25 April itself or on consecutive days including 25 April .  Under the Regulations an entertainment is defined as including '… any exhibition, performance, lecture, amusement, game, sport or social gathering held or conducted from the purpose of raising money.'
  • the use of the word 'Anzac', or a word resembling it, in the name of a street, road or park containing or near a WW1 or WW2 war memorial.  Such place names existing prior to 1921 are also permitted.

In all other cases the Minister considers the merits of each individual application in deciding whether to approve a particular use.  However, there are several types of applications generally approved:

Biscuits

In 1994 a general policy relating to biscuit products was adopted.  The policy recognises that the names 'Anzac biscuit' and 'Anzac slice' have been in general use in Australia for many years, recipes appear in many cookbooks and biscuits are sold at numerous small fetes and fundraising events. 

It should be noted that approvals for the word 'Anzac' to be used on biscuit products have been given provided that the product generally conforms to the traditional recipe and shape, and is not used in association with the word 'cookies', with its non-Australian overtones. For instance, an application for Anzac biscuits dipped in chocolate would not be approved as they would not conform with the traditional recipe.

See: AWM website - Anzac biscuits: The origin and recipe

Businesses whose address includes the word 'Anzac'

Generally, the use of the word 'Anzac' is approved in the name of businesses situated on a road, street, avenue or highway that includes the word 'Anzac', provided that the full name of that address is included, for instance Anzac Avenue Fruit Mart. In such cases it is considered that the public would normally associate the name with its location rather than its traditional sense/meaning.