Thursday, April 3 2014

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


The outcome of the Anzac Day Dawn Service ballot for Gallipoli in 2015 will be known from today, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, has announced.

The former Australian Government and the New Zealand Government decided to initiate a ballot process for the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2015, following advice from the Turkish Government that they had capped attendance at 10,500 people. 

“I want to thank all 42,273 applicants confirmed to run in the ballot for their patience throughout this process. Applicants will receive initial email advice from today, followed by formal letters in the coming weeks, with all being notified before Anzac Day this year,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Senator Ronaldson said the ballot and ticketing provider Ticketek had carefully verified applicants’ details including claims to the direct descendant and veteran categories, with the whole process being overseen by KPMG.

All applicants who are successful in the ballot will receive two tickets – one for themselves and one for a guest. Successful applicants are now able to make and pay for all travel arrangements with certainty. Those who have not received a ticket in the ballot, but have elected to be on the waitlist, will be notified of any tickets that may become available up until 31 March 2015.

Senator Ronaldson said that the Centenary of Anzac will be the most significant period of commemoration in our nation’s history and the Government is committed to providing opportunities for all Australians to participate

“Those without tickets for Anzac Day 2015 may consider visiting Gallipoli on 6 August 2015 for the Battle of Lone Pine Centenary commemoration service.  The Battle at Lone Pine saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Gallipoli campaign. Over four days, Australia suffered more than 2,000 casualties and seven Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross,” he said.

“Australians may also consider attending another Dawn Service in Australia or overseas or watch the television broadcast of the Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux services on the ABC. Another option is to visit Gallipoli at another time during the Centenary year. “

The Turkish Government established the maximum carrying capacity of the Anzac Commemorative Site at Gallipoli is 10,500 people - this arrangement applies every year. In 2015, there will be places for 8,000 Australians and 2,000 New Zealanders. The remaining 500 places are for official guests of nations involved in the Gallipoli campaign including 250 places for Turkey, the host nation.

The ballot draw is automated and comprises four cascades, providing some preference for direct descendants and veterans with qualifying or overseas service. 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.

Only those who receive attendance passes in the ballot can gain access to official Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015. Australians attending the commemorations are encouraged to visit the DVA website for more information on what to expect and how to prepare at  

Senator Ronaldson said a full program of activities would be rolled out over the Anzac Centenary period 2014-2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in the First World War. He encouraged communities across Australia to get involved by applying to their local federal Member of Parliament for funding under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.  There is funding of up to $125,000 per electorate which needs to be applied for before 30 May 2014.

For more information on Gallipoli 2015 visit or the Anzac Centenary visit

**Editors note – a breakdown of ballot applicant demographics is attached and details of some direct descendents who received tickets in the ballot are available for interview upon request. 

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

                                Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Ballot System Cascade

The ballot operated in four cascades (omitting widows of Australian First World veterans and 400 places for secondary school students and their chaperones to be distributed outside the ballot.)

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 (800 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 (800 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

(6,000 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 Waitlist operating until 31 March 2015

Gallipoli 2015 Ballot Applicants - Australia

   Total No.  
Total Number Applications Received                 42,658  
Applications removed after deduping and self nominated removal                      385  
Total Number Applications run in ballot                 42,273  
Total Number double passes to be issued                   3,800  
Total No. % of Total
Applicants - Born in Australia                   3,585 94.34%
Applicants - Born outside Australia                      215 5.66%
TOTAL                      3,800 100.00%
Total No. % of Total
By State/Territory - ACT                      188 4.95%
By State/Territory - NSW                   1,254 33.00%
By State/Territory - NT                        77 2.03%
By State/Territory - QLD                      916 24.11%
By State/Territory - SA                      186 4.89%
By State/Territory - TAS                        86 2.26%
By State/Territory - VIC                      654 17.21%
By State/Territory - WA                      389 10.24%
Applicants - Residing Outside Australia                        50 1.32%
TOTAL                   3,800 100.00%
 Total No. % of Total
Applicants - Male                   2,288 60.21%
Applicants - Female                   1,444 38.00%
Applicants - Not Specified (optional field)                        68 1.79%
TOTAL                   3,800 100.00%
Total No. % of Total
< 18                          -   0.00%
Age - 18 - 24                   253 6.66%
Age - 25 - 34                   749 19.71%
Age - 35 - 44                   722 19.00%
Age - 45 - 54                   857 22.55%
Age - 55 - 64                   698 18.37%
Age - 65 - 74                   426 11.21%
Age - 75 - 84                   71 1.87%
Age - 85 - 94                   21 0.55%
Age - 95+                   3 0.08%
TOTAL                   3,800 100.00%
DOB of the Oldest Applicant 21/08/1914  99 years
DOB of the Youngest Applicant 20/04/1997 16 years


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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