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Program 3.2: Gallipoli-related Activities


Program 3.2 coordinates and manages the delivery of annual commemorative and related activities at Gallipoli.


The Department has direct responsibility for the planning and conduct of the Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli, working cooperatively with other Australian Government agencies, New Zealand agencies and Turkish authorities through its contracted service provider.


The Department is the lead government agency responsible for the planning and conduct of annual Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli.

Administered and Departmental expenses
  2012-13 PBS1 ($ million) Estimated actual2 2012-13 ($ million) Outcome 2012-13 ($ million)
Administered 3.3 3.3 4.3
Departmental 2.0 1.4 1.3
Total resources 5.3 4.7 5.6

1 PBS in performance reporting tables means Portfolio Budget Statements.

2 Estimated actual means the estimated expense or total for 2012-13 provided in the 2013-14 Portfolio Budget Statements. As the Budget is released in May each year but the financial year does not close off until 30 June, the current year numbers in the Budget can only be estimates.


The Department will plan for and conduct annual Anzac Day services and manage related reviews and research.

  2012–13 PBS
($ million)
Estimated actual 2012–13
($ million)
Outcome 2012–13
($ million)
Conduct annual Anzac Day services at Anzac Cove and Lone Pine, Gallipoli 3.0 3.0 4.1
Manage Gallipoli related works 0.3 0.3 0.2

Key performance indicators

Key Performance indicators
  2012–13 PBS Estimated actual 2012–13 Outcome 2012–13
Quality: Level of community engagement and satisfaction High High High
Quality: Media interest Positive Positive Positive

Report on performance

Gallipoli commemorations 2013

In 2013, around 5200 visitors attended the Dawn Service at Gallipoli on 25 April to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the landing of Anzac forces. Visitor survey results indicated a high level of satisfaction with the quality and content of the services, including elements of the overnight reflective program.

The services at the Anzac Commemorative Site, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair were attended by the then-Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of Anzac, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, and the New Zealand Minister of Defence, the Hon. Jonathan Coleman.

The Dawn Service and Lone Pine Service were again televised by the ABC and other networks to viewers in Australia and other countries.

Close engagement with Australian and New Zealand agencies and Turkish authorities ensured that a safe and secure environment was provided for attendees. An improved process for the collection of visitors by coaches from the peninsula was implemented in 2013 and received positive feedback.

Local Turkish authorities continue to provide significant logistics, security, medical and first aid facilities for visitors at the site.

Definitive Events, which is contracted to 2016, once again provided a high degree of infrastructure support.

The actual costs were higher than estimated due to the purchase of additional toilets for visitor use, an improved on-site operations centre and additional respite facilities for volunteers and Australian Defence Force performers.

Joint historical and archaeological study

The Australian, New Zealand and Turkish members of the joint historical and archaeological study of the Anzac area carried out the third phase of fieldwork in September 2012. The study, announced in April 2005 by the Prime Ministers of Australia and Turkey, is on schedule to be finalised in 2015.

During the 2012 season of fieldwork, a ground penetrating radar survey was undertaken for the first time. The ground penetrating radar was employed for the most part in Lone Pine Cemetery and surrounds, the car park opposite the 57th Regiment Memorial, and at the Sgt Mehmet’s Memorial at the Nek.

An aged veteran paying his respects to a fallen comrade in a war cemetery

An ageing veteran pays his respects to a fallen comrade in a well tended war cemetery. DVA conducts official missions for veterans to visit former battlefields and memorials. In many cases it is the first time that they have had the chance to return to the places where they served as young men. (Dept of Defence CAND_93_234_24.jpg)

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