Program to mark First World War graves

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Thank you to the individuals and community groups that took part in the recent government pilot program. The pilot provided a financial contribution to mark the graves of First World War veterans who are buried in a private, unmarked burial site.

The pilot ended on 30 June 2021. It has been reviewed and the government is considering future options for the program. While the government considers the future of the program, we cannot accept any further applications. However, we will process all the applications we received before 30 June 2021. Please continue to monitor this webpage or future updates.

We encourage individuals and community groups to continue their search and research for First World War veterans in an unmarked, private grave. We particularly encourage research for those veterans who may be eligible for a commemoration under the government's existing Program of Official Commemoration.

For veterans that are eligible for an official commemoration, the family or burial rites holder will receive an offer for an official commemoration from the Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG). If they accept the offer, the OAWG will provide and maintain an official commemoration in perpetuity. Please refer to Official Commemoration to see the eligibility criteria, how to apply and other information about the Program of Official Commemoration. 

The OAWG appreciates the significant efforts and commitment of those Australians who seek to recognise the men and women who have served in the defence of our nation and commemorate their service and sacrifice.

For any further enquiries, please:
•    email us at wargraves [at]
•    call 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)

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