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Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State
GALLIPOLI 2015 BALLOT OPENS MIDNIGHT 15 NOVEMBER
The ballot for places at Gallipoli on Anzac Day 2015 will open tomorrow, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of ANZAC Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.
Senator Ronaldson said the ballot was open until 31 January and that there was no need to rush applications.
“The ballot will open at midnight, 15 November 2013 and close at midnight, 31 January 2014 – allowing plenty of time for interested Australians to apply,” Senator Ronaldson said.
In 2015, places will be available for 8,000 Australians, 2,000 New Zealanders and up to 500 official representatives of all countries involved in the Gallipoli campaign.
Of the places available to Australians in ballot, 2,000 will be reserved for special representatives such as direct descendants, the veteran community and secondary school students and their chaperones. The remaining 6,000 places will be for all Australians. Applicants must be aged 18 and over on or before 25 April 2015.
Widows of First World War veterans do not need to apply and will be invited separately by the Australian Government to determine their interest in attending. Places for secondary school students and chaperones will be allocated outside the ballot by state and territory governments.
Advice will be provided to individuals on the ballot outcome before March 2014, to ensure those successful have enough time to organise and pay for their trip. This will also allow tour operators time to make specific arrangements with those travellers who have secured a place.
Senator Ronaldson said that although attending Anzac Day commemorations in 2015 would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, visitors could also consider visiting Gallipoli at another time during the Centenary year.
“The Gallipoli campaign lasted eight months from April to December 1915 – I encourage those who may not be successful in the ballot to consider visiting Gallipoli at another time in 2015,” Senator Ronaldson said.
For more information on the ballot, eligibility arrangements, and to apply from midnight 15 November, visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gallipoli 2015 website www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au. Ballot arrangements are outlined below.
Senator Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203
Gallipoli 2015 ballot arrangements
Key dates for ballot
|1||Registration for ballot opens||Midnight 15 November 2013|
|2||Registration for ballot closes
||Midnight 31 January 2014|
|3||Finalisation of administrative details, running of ballot and checking of descendant and veteran claims
|4||Advice sent to applicants
|5||Accompanying person’s details registered, passport details to be provided and confirmation of travel arrangements by successful ballot applicant
||1 May – 25 October 2014|
|6||Reissue of any returned or forfeited passes to individuals on the waitlist||26 October 2014 – 31 March 2015|
Ballot System Cascade
All passes will be allocated as double passes. No additional passes will be provided to any individual who is successful in the ballot. The ballot will operate in four cascades (noting that 200 double passes/400 passes for secondary school students and their chaperones will be distributed outside of the ballot process, as will places for widows of Australian First World veterans who will be included as part of the official representative group):
|Cascade||Inclusion in ballot||Outcome||Unsuccessful applicants|
|1st||Applicants who have indicated “Direct Descendent” with preference to first generation – sons and daughters||400 double passes
|Those who have also indicated “Veteran” go to 2nd cascade. Those who haven’t go to 3rd cascade|
|2nd||Applicants who have indicated “Veteran”||400 double passes
|Go to 3rd cascade|
|3rd||Applicants who haven’t indicated either “Direct Descendent” or “Veteran” (i.e. the Australian public), plus unsuccessful applicants from 1st & 2nd cascades||3,000 double passes
|Those who have indicated willingness to be placed on a wait list go to 4th cascade. Those who haven’t are out of the ballot|
|4th||Applicants who have indicated willingness to be placed on a wait list||Establish a priority order for allocating passes as they become available|
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046