About the Unmarked First World War Graves program

Last updated: 
24 January 2020

The debt of honour owed to those who gave their lives in the service of their country can never be repaid but we demonstrate our gratitude and honour the sacrifice in our cemeteries in Australia and overseas. 

Funding assistance

The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG), within DVA, has established a program whereby individuals or associations might apply for funding to assist in marking an unmarked grave. 

Pilot program

A pilot program will be available for two years. The outcome of this pilot program is intended to inform if there are requirements for the program to be extended.

Whilst OAWG is not responsible for these graves, the Australian Government has made funding available to assist with their marking in the form of this funding assistance.


In order to be eligible to receive funding assistance the following applies:

  • The current unmarked grave is located in Australia and is the grave of a First World War veteran.
  • The First World War veteran served in the Australian Forces.
  • The applicant has the authority to alter the grave. This may be in the form of having the Right of Burial or in the absence of that, authority from the cemetery where the grave is located.
  • The applicant provides a quote for the total cost of the marker.
  • More information on eligibility criteria can be found in the frequently asked questions (FAQs).


Funding assistance is not available for maintenance or refurbishment of existing grave markers.


Applications will be processed within 90 days of receipt of application, where possible. Please note that there is a capped amount of $450 (exclusive of GST) for each application.

You may print off and submit an application form, or submit it online (link is contained in the application form). 

The guidelines and application form are provided via the following links:

Further information

For further information on applications, after reading the guidelines, email unmarkedgraves [at] dva.gov.au