How to obtain a copy of my service record

Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

1911-1970

The National Archives of Australia maintain the Service Records of those who served in the Vietnam War, or earlier.

Website: National Archives - Royal Australian Navy from 1911 to 1970

Post 1970

Those who have served since the Vietnam War, and who require copies of their service records or a Discharge Certificate should write to Personnel Records – Canberra at the address below.  Please provide all relevant service details together with a copy of photographic identification such as a driver’s licence or passport. Relations of those who have served since the Vietnam War should also write, submitting proof of their Next-of-Kin relationship, to the address below.

Postal address:

Personnel Records (RAN/RAAF)
Team Leader
Personnel Records
PO Box 7949
Canberra BC ACT 2610

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

1921-1948

The National Archives of Australia maintain Records of Service of RAAF personnel who served during World War I and World War II.

Website: National Archives - Air Force up to and including World War II

Post 1948

Records of Service in the RAAF after World War II, including service in Korea, Malaya and Vietnam, are held by the Department of Defence.

Postal address:

Personnel Records (RAN/RAAF)
Team Leader
Personnel Records
PO Box 7949
Canberra BC ACT 2610

Australian Army (Army)

1914-June 1947

Central Army Records Office (CARO) has transferred custodianship of its World War I and World War II records to the National Australian Archives of Australia.

Website: National Archives of Australia WWI section

Post June 1947

Those who have discharged since June 1947 and require copies of their service records or Discharge Certificate should write to or email Central Army Records Office at the address below:

Postal address:

Defence Archive Centre - Fort Queenscliff
Queenscliff VIC 3225

Phone: (03) 5258 0675
Fax: (03) 5258 0657

Honours and Awards

For information relating to Defence Honours and Awards go to www.defence.gov.au/medals.