ANZAC Day 2021

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand when both nations commemorate Australians and New Zealanders who have served in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

ANZAC Day is held annually on 25 April

Originally a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, ANZAC Day has grown to become one of the most important national days in Australia.  

This year, there are several ways Victorians can honour the service of women and men. 

Ways to commemorate

Light up the Dawn

At 6am light a candle and stand on your driveway, on your balcony or in your living room to observe a minute’s silence to commemorate all veterans who have served and are serving now. 

Dawn Service

This will be livestreamed on ANZAC Day and all Victorians are invited to join online via the Shrine of Remembrance's website or RSL Victoria and the Shrine’s social channels to watch the Dawn Service and the march from home.  

ANZAC Day March

To keep everyone safe, this year’s march will be along St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance and attended by a maximum of 5,000 veterans and 500 banner bearers/assistance people. Victorian veterans will be invited to register via the veteran associations and groups that traditionally participate in the march. Each veteran is required to complete the registration form to confirm their participation. 

The march can be watched via livestream or on ABC TV (TBC).

Commemorative Service 

This service is held at the Shrine at the conclusion of the march and will consist of a small contingent of invited veterans and representatives laying wreaths. This service will also be livestreamed. 

Stay local

To ensure the commemorations are COVIDSafe, members of the public are encouraged to watch Shrine services from home, rather than gathering in large numbers on site. Anyone watching on site will be required to follow COVIDSafe rules, signage and the instructions of onsite COVID marshals. 

Mark ANZAC Day by commemorating in your local neighbourhood. Attend a local RSL, local government or community commemorative service with your family and neighbours. Lay a wreath at a local memorial and pay tributes to veterans and active service personnel on social media using #lightupthedawn

The Government provides annual funding of $80,000 to RSL Victoria to support Melbourne ANZAC Day commemorations and will increase that amount to $330,000 this year to ensure the safety of participants. 

Managing your ANZAC Day commemorations

All ANZAC Day event organisers need to adhere to the Public Events Framework. Check your event classification using this tool.

All public event organisers must record attendee details should they be required for contact tracing. To help with this, event organisers can generate a free QR code through the Victorian Government QR Code Service. Step-by-step guidance on how to register, generate and display a QR code at your event can be found on the Coronavirus website. There is no data management required by the organisation as this is managed by Service Victoria. 

ANZAC Appeal

RSL Victoria will be running its annual ANZAC Appeal. The money raised supports its veteran members in time of need, from emergency accommodation through to initiatives to combat social isolation. Make a donation through the ANZAC Appeal website.  

Trading restrictions and sporting events

To ensure the significance of ANZAC Day is not diminished, trading and entertainment restrictions will be in place. Find out more information on the Business Victoria website

There are specific parameters for sporting events being held on ANZAC Day. More information on these can be found on the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

Reviewed 20 April 2021

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