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Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Thursday, 30 January 2014
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LAST CHANCE TO APPLY FOR GALLIPOLI 2015 BALLOT

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, said that applications for the ballot to attend the Anzac Day Gallipoli 2015 Dawn Service close at 11:59pm AEDST this Friday 31 January.

“Any Australian who would like to be at the Gallipoli Dawn Service in 2015, who has not yet applied in the ballot, should ensure they apply by tomorrow night,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“After the ballot closes, Ticketek will undertake data checking before the ballot draw takes place.  Australians will know before Anzac Day this year if their application has been successful and will then have six months to confirm their travel arrangements with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.”

The ballot is automated and will have several cascades. The first draw will be for 400 double passes for direct descendants (with preference for first generation sons and daughters).  The second draw will be for 400 double passes for veterans with qualifying service or who have deployed on any operations outside Australia.  The third draw is the general ballot category with 3000 double passes available and will include all those who aren’t direct descendants or veterans as well as those who were unsuccessful in the first and second draws - anyone unsuccessful will cascade into the next draw that they are eligible for.  A waitlist will also be drawn.

Outside the ballot, there are places for Australian First World War widows who will be included as part of Australia’s official representative group and, 400 places for secondary school children and their chaperones.

Senator Ronaldson said that Anzac Day services in 2015 would not be limited to the Gallipoli peninsula and that Australians who are not successful in the ballot can consider other opportunities.

“In addition to services in Australia and New Zealand for Anzac Day, there will be services in France and the United Kingdom to mark the Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018.”

For more information about the ballot, eligibility arrangements, and to apply online, visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gallipoli 2015 website www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au

Media inquiries:      Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796

                                Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

 

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

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