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Commemorative events

Find out about commemorative war events being held in Victoria and get support for holding your own event.

ANZAC Day

Held annually on 25 April (public holiday)

Marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australia and New Zealand forces during WWI and the day troops landed in Gallipoli.

Restricted trading hours

On ANZAC Day, only exempt shops are permitted to open between 12:01am to 1pm.

In addition, the following types of businesses must not operate before 1:00pm on ANZAC Day:

•    cinema (whether indoors or outdoors)
•    other entertainment, including but not limited to, live dance or music event, a concert or play
•    real estate auctions.

For more information on exemptions visit Business Victoria or call 13 22 15.

Sporting Events

The ANZAC Day Act 1958 prohibits the holding of sporting events to which persons are required to pay an admission fee or make a donation in order to watch sport, without the written approval of the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events.

The Minister may approve the holding of sport on ANZAC Day if:

•    the sport does not commence before 1pm
•    a payment is made to the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund in the case of the sport being held within the metropolitan area, or the RSL Patriotic Welfare Fund through the RSL State Branch Headquarters or local sub-branch for sport in country areas.

For information about restrictions for holding sporting events on ANZAC Day, visit Sports Victoria.

Remembrance Day

Held annually on 11 November

Marks the end of WWI after 4 years of conflict. Germany called for a suspension of fighting and guns fell silent at 11am on 11 November 1918.

The State Remembrance Day service is held at the Shrine of Remembrance.

Commemorative events in Victoria and around Australia

To find other services, events and exhibitions near you, visit:

For a list of major commemorative events to reflect on Australia’s involvement in times of conflicts and peacekeeping operations, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs’ website.

Reviewed 24 March 2020

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