Veterans' Affairs: Investing in Regional Growth—2016-17
In 2016-17 the Department of Veterans' Affairs will continue to implement the Anzac Centenary National Programme. Throughout the centenary period from 2014 to 2018, the nation will remember not only the Anzacs who served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front but all Australians who have served in uniform across a century of service. The Anzac Centenary National programme is a national commemoration that comprises domestic—including in regional areas—and international activities and events.
Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition is the flagship community event of the Anzac Centenary National programme. On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian War Memorial, in partnership with the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Department of Defence, the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra has developed the exhibition to follow a chronological timeline spanning the period from pre-First World War Australia to the present day using a mix of over 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial's collection, visuals, audio, film and interactive digital technologies.
Since the exhibition's launch in Albury-Wodonga in September 2015, the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience has visited Launceston, Hobart, Ballarat, Bendigo, Wollongong, Melbourne and Adelaide. As it continues its tour, the exhibition is planned to visit all capital cities and a number of regional centres, including Tamworth, Toowoomba, Mackay, Cairns, Townsville, Port Augusta, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Geelong, Orange (pending the availability of a suitable venue) and Newcastle. The exhibition is planned to complete its tour in Sydney in April 2017.
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience transforms existing community spaces to tell the stories of Australians' experiences during the First World War. This includes a Community Zone which is developed in conjunction with local councils and community organisations at each location to tell local stories. The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience also acts as a catalyst for local commemorative events and engagement. There is a strong focus on education and encouraging school groups to attend.
For those unable to attend the exhibition in person, a mobile device application has been created to give users a virtual tour of the exhibition. The Spirit of Anzac Centenary 360 Explorer is available for download at no cost and can be used in conjunction with virtual reality devices for a 3D experience.
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will continue to give Australians a chance to engage in the stories of the First World War and the Century of Service, contribute to the shared journey and take something very special away from the experience.
Saluting Their Service
Saluting Their Service is the Australian Government's commemorations grants programme.
Under Saluting Their Service funding is available for projects, including events and activities, that are directly commemorative of Australia's involvement in war, conflict and peace operations.
Grants are approved each year in most electorates across Australia, many in regional areas. In 2014-15, 374 grants were provided to 110 of the 150 electorates across Australia, and for 2015-16, an estimated 280 grants will be provided to 100 electorates.