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Purpose 3: Commemorations

Commemorations

Acknowledge and commemorate services and sacrifice and promote an increased understanding of Australia’s war-time history.

Total budget for 2016-17 is $66 Million

  • Of this $27 Million in veterans' commemorative activities
  • Of this $18 Million in war graves & maintenance
  • Of this $16 Million in Anzac Centenary activities

DVA provides opportunities for the Australian community to appreciate and acknowledge the role played by Australians in wars and conflicts since federation. DVA will continue to promote public interest in commemorative activities, in particular, by leading the third year of the Anzac Centenary Program 2014-2018 and delivering the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition to 23 locations. DVA will build on the increased public interest in Australia’s wartime heritage and promote awareness and appreciation of significant wartime anniversaries, the passing of the great generation of veterans of the Second World War, the new generation of veterans of contemporary conflicts, and the current Anzac Centenary commemorative period.

Performance Indicators

The key activities and their performance indicators are listed below.

Program 3.1: Provide war graves and commemorations

Acknowledges and commemorates the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

No. Measure Target PBS Measure 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
3.1.1 Maintain facilities and individual commemorations in Australia, PNG, South Africa, Korea, Japan, Malaysia & Singapore:
  • War Cemeteries
  • Gardens of Remembrance
  • Memorials to the Missing
  • War Graves in Australia & PNG
  • Overseas graves (non world wars)
  • Post War commemorations
The maintenance of war cemeteries, memorials and graves is undertaken in accordance with Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) published standards. Performance is measured through CWGC inspections and veteran and community feedback Yes      
3.1.2 Provide new Post War Commemorations Commemorations are provided within published timeframes to meet Australian standards of production/ construction Yes      
3.1.3 Manage national memorials overseas Memorial presentation meets veteran and community approval and local requirements. Access and equity standards are met and, where applicable, information provided is both accurate and presented in a variety of formats Yes      
3.1.4 Implement War Graves related projects Project implementation meets the budget and timing agreed and announced by Government Yes      
3.1.5 Community awareness and education resources High level of community and veteran satisfaction with quality and accessibility of resources Yes      
3.1.6 Grants applications approved Grant applications are processed within timelines. High level of community and veteran satisfaction with grant outcomes Yes      
3.1.7 Domestic commemorative events High level of community and veteran satisfaction with commemorative events Yes      
3.1.8 Maintenance is undertaken in accordance with CWGC published standards. Performance is measured through periodic inspections. 100% of inspected graves comply Yes
3.1.9 Events are delivered safely, on schedule and within budget The number of safety incidents is reported less than 1% of those in attendance.
100% of events are delivered on time and with less than a 5% variation in actual expenditure compared to budget
Yes
3.1.10 Government is satisfied with quality The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs confirms the Government’s satisfaction with the quality of each event Yes

Program 3.2: Deliver Gallipoli-related activities

Co-ordinates and manages the delivery of annual commemorative and related activities at Gallipoli. The Department works cooperatively with other Australian Government agencies, New Zealand agencies and Turkish authorities, both directly and through its contracted service provider.

No. Measure Target PBS Measure 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
3.2.1 Level of community engagement and satisfaction High Yes      
3.2.2 Media interest Positive Yes      
3.2.3 Events are delivered safely, on schedule and within budget The number of safety incidents reported is less than 1% of those attendance
100% of events are delivered on time and with less than a 5% variation in actual expenditure compared to budget
Yes
3.2.4 Government is satisfied with quality The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs confirms the Government’s satisfaction with the quality of each event Yes

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