More than $1.68 million to salute veterans' service

The Hon Matt Keogh MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

Councils, schools, community and ex-service organisations across the country will share in more than $1.68 million in funding, thanks to the Albanese Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

Local monuments and commemorative activities are a vital part of making sure the stories of service and sacrifice of local legends live on for generations.

Today I’m pleased to announce 91 unique projects have been successful in receiving funding through this round of the Saluting their Service Grant program, each will deliver places of reflection as well as make learning our military history more accessible.

The successful submissions feature a range of innovative commemorative activities, including an installation at Western Riverina Arts to commemorate Indigenous veterans and the development of a digital exhibition and documentary marking next year’s 80th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The ongoing Saluting their Service Commemorative Grants Program delivers Community Grants up to $10,000 and Major Grants up to $150,000 with the current round open until 20 June 2024.

With the 25th anniversary of INTERFET coming up in September and the 80th anniversary of the end of the Second World War next year, now is the perfect time to develop innovative projects that pay tribute to all those who have, and continue to serve our nation. 

To find out more or apply visit the Saluting Their Service Grants Program website

Media Contacts:

Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling provides 24/7 free confidential crisis support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families on 1800 011 046 or the Open Arms website. Safe Zone Support provides anonymous counselling on 1800 142 072. Defence All-Hours Support Line provides support for ADF personnel on 1800 628 036 or the Defence Health Portal. Defence Member and Family Helpline provides support for Defence families on 1800 624 608

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program 2023-24, Batch 3


Recipient Funding description Amount $
Australian College of Nursing Ltd. To produce a documentary to highlight the legacy of the 21 nurses killed during the Bangka Island Massacre and the statue of Vivian Bullwinkel honouring the group at the Australian War Memorial. $49,675
Wildbear Entertainment Pty Ltd.  To create a feature length documentary from WildBear Entertainment and Neil Pigot, provisionally titled The World Behind The Wire. $84,280
TOTAL   $133,955


Recipient Funding Description Amount $
Australian Jewish Historical Society Inc. To create six virtual museum touchscreen kiosks to educate the public and commemorate Australian Defence Forces service personnel of Jewish faith who died in active service, proposed kiosk locations are major Jewish Museums and Centres. $23,044
Baptistcare NSW and ACT To restore an existing war memorial at Aminya Retirement Village and Aged Care Facility. $10,000
Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans and Associated Forces Inc. Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Cowra Prisoners of War breakout by Japanese Prisoners of War. $6,750
Brewarrina RSL Sub Branch Ltd.  Construct a memorial statue and update an honour board to commemorate ADF personnel. $10,000
Broken Hill High School Parents & Citizens Assoc. To install a Vietnam Honour Board at the Broken Hill High School to commemorate those who served and grew up in Broken Hill. $3,680
City of Penrith RSL Sub Branch (NSW) Commemorate the 80th Anniversary (04 August 2024) of the Cowra Prisoners of War Camp breakout by Japanese Prisoners of War. $1,400
Cudal Central Inc. To supply and install flagpoles at Toogong War Memorial. $1,400
Dudley War Memorial Land Manager To install 2 new monuments and new gardens with paving and flagpoles at Dudley War Memorial. $10,000
Gloucester Sub Branch RSLA (NSW Branch) Frame an impressive WW1 photograph (titled Spirit of ANZAC) of troops in Egypt along with an explanation of ANZAC ideals. $386
Helensburgh RSL Sub Branch To create a bronze plaque depicting the WW2 honour roll for the Helensburg District registered to the NSW War Memorials Register. $3,600
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society To repaint an ex-Defence UH-1B Iroquois helicopter and display at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Aviation Museum. $92,000
Leeton Shire Council  To create 40 double-sided street banners honouring service personnel of Leeton Shire. The project will be called the "Men and Women of Leeton - Saluting their Service". $5,266
Macleay River Historical Society Inc.  To purchase and display replica medals at the Kempsey Museum.  $890
Maitland RSL Sub Branch Inc. Restore and upgrade the first World War Memorial. $131,000
Marist Schools Australia Ltd T/A St Gregory's College Campbelltown To restore and expand the current war memorial at St Gregory’s College. $10,000
Mt Pleasant Public School Parents and Citizen Assoc. To replace ageing flagpoles at Mt Pleasant Public School. $2,000
NSW Government Schools Ingleburn To refurbish the existing Anzac memorial cenotaph to create a dignified space to honour those who sacrificed for the nation. $10,000
Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project Inc. To restore the Pambula District Avenue of honour to commemorate service personnel from the Pambula region. $10,000
Queanbeyan Legacy part of The Legacy Club of Queanbeyan Eden Monaro Inc. Install a new commemorative Wall at the Legacy Village Queanbeyan Eden Monaro Legacy. $10,000
Raymond Terrace RSL Sub Branch  To refurbish the flagpole at the Seaham Knitting Circle Memorial in NSW.     $2,000
RSLA (NSW Branch)     Host an Inaugural Middle East Area of Operations Commemoration ceremony at the Cenotaph in Sydney. $2,778
RSLA Wallsend Sub Branch (NSW Branch) Install flagpoles at Federal Park. $2,000
RSL (NSW Branch) Construct a Memorial known as the Hawkesbury Cenotaph to commemorate local service personnel. $53,669
RSL NSW Grafton Sub Branch To replace the 2 plaques in the RSL's Wooli Cenotaph. $5,408
St George and Sutherland Community College Inc. To install a flagpole and landscape plants in a new memorial garden at the College Campus. $4,000
The Council of the Municipality of Kiama To install 2 new flagpoles at the Jamberoo School of Arts.  $2,000
Valentine Public School Parents and Citizens  To install a flagpole at the Valentine Public School. $2,000
Western Riverina Arts Inc. To commission 3 visual artworks including 3 digital media installations to commemorate service and sacrifice of Indigenous veterans who served in wars. $104,750
TOTAL   $520,021


Recipient Funding description Amount $
Alice Springs RSL Sub Branch Inc. To create a virtual museum that will include a website and podcasts. $10,000
TOTAL   $10,000


Recipient Funding description Amount $
Australian American Assoc. QLD Division To replace the original interpretive display of wartime images from the Battle of the Coral Sea. $7,500
Bluewater State School To restore and revitalise the commemorative garden on the school grounds with Anzac themed plants and features. $1,731
Bulloo Shire Council Thargomindah ANZAC Memorial River Walk - install a new memorial to commemorate all service personnel of the Korean War Armistice, WWI, WWII and Vietnam War. $10,000
Far North Queensland Legacy Club Inc. To create a podcast series titled "Beyond the Uniform - The Untold Stories". $13,870
Hervey Bay Ingenia Home Owners Committee Inc. To install a new memorial for military recognition since Australia's Federation. $9,699
Kiewa Sandy Creek Football Netball Club Inc. Upgrade the existing Kiewa - Tangambalanga cenotaph and surrounding area. $10,000
Lutheran Church of Australia QLD District To restore the Anzac garden at the Grace Lutheran College. $5,000
Lutheran Church of Australia QLD District  To install a flagpole in the college Anzac garden.  $2,000
Mornington Shire Council  To restore an existing war and peace memorial, including a plaque and an old recovered propeller from a military airplane (Mosquito) crash. $7,000
Pyne, Teresa Sharon on behalf of the 6 Battalion Museum. To install new cabinets at the 6 Battalion museum to assist in the display of memorabilia depicting Battalion history. $10,000
RSLA (QLD Branch) Mount Isa Sub-Branch  To install display cabinets in the Mt Isa RSL Sub Branch's new premises to showcase military memorabilia. $7,583
RSLA (QLD Branch) Stanthorpe Sub-Branch To install 2 new memorials and a disability ramp. Rename an existing garden to the Stanthorpe Memorial Garden.  Refurbish an existing 77mm Turkish Field gun and relocate to the memorial garden. $91,754
Swan Creek School of Arts Committee Inc. To install an honour board to display the names of Vietnam veterans from the Swan Creek District.  $2,090
Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex-Servicepersons Assoc. (Townsville) Inc.  To install 3 memorial steel park benches with art work commemorating the 3 services at the organisation HQ. $10,000
TOTAL   $188,227


Recipient Funding description Amount $
Playford Primary School Restore existing bench seats in the remembrance memorial garden and reflection area. $2,222
RSL Care South Australia Inc. To install military memorabilia display cabinets for Morlancourt Aged Care facility in Angle Park. $7,841
Broughton Plains Heritage Society To construct a new war memorial at Nurom. $10,000
Copper Coast Council To refurbish war monuments at Victoria Square in Kadina. $5,367
Marion Bay Township Inc.  To install 2 flagpoles at the memorial wall at Marion Bay next to the Museum. $2,000
Mount Torrens Soldiers Memorial Hall Inc. To reinstate the flag pole and memorial feature at the 100 year old community owned Soldiers' Memorial Hall in Mount Torrens. $7,000
RSL Semaphore and Port Adelaide Sub Branch Inc. To design, manufacture, and supply a multi-function display cabinet, including adjustable shelving and dimmable LED downlights. $10,000
RSL Semaphore and Port Adelaide Sub-Branch Inc.  To update memorial rolls and honour boards within the Semaphore and Port Adelaide RSL with names of past members. $500
RSLA Nuriootpa Sub Branch To install 2 new display cabinets to allow items from campaigns/theatres such as East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq (both Gulf Wars), and the numerous peace keeping missions that Australian veterans have been involved in to be displayed.  $7,579
School of the Nativity School Board  To restore a memorial garden to commemorate locals who served in the First World War. $5,000
Sedan Hall Inc.  Upgrade the flagpole at Sedan Hall. $1,750
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia South Australian Branch Inc. To install a memorial plinth on the Pathway of Honour in Adelaide. $10,000
Yaninee Public Hall Inc.  To restore the Yaninee Institute's honour roll in preparation for its 100th Birthday celebration in March 2025. $8,500
Yorke Peninsula Council  To build a Vietnam War Memorial Walk which will commemorate all Australian units posted to the Vietnam conflict. $150,000
TOTAL   $227,759


Recipient Funding description Amount $
Kentish Council  To create and install a mural to commemorate locals that served during the First and Second World Wars. $10,000
Meander Valley Council  To construct a cenotaph to honour and remember Australia's service personnel. $9,035
Molesworth Primary School Assoc. To install flagpoles and associated landscaping at Molesworth Primary School. $2,000
Northern Midlands RSL Sub Branch Inc.  Enhance a memorial garden at the Longford consisting of a plaque and seat to honour the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel. $9,500
Sandra Rustell  To supply banners for Remembrance Days throughout the year. $3,080
Sheffield RSL Sub Branch Inc Refurbish the existing Sheffield RSL Sub Branch honour boards located in the club foyer.  $3,025
Southern Midlands Council Install a plaque at the Melton Mowbray Park to commemorate Lt. Colonel John Hutton VC OBE. $6,680
Swansea RSL Sub Branch Inc. To preserve and display a Second World War Changi POW Australian flag. $13,815
Weymouth Progress Assoc Inc.  To install a bronze plaque on a rock adjacent to the Weymouth Hall's flagpole. $600
TOTAL   $57,735


Recipient Funding description Amount $
Australians with Serbs Assoc Inc. To produce a documentary about 1,500 Anzac medical volunteers and servicemen who served in the Serbian Campaign of WWI by focusing on 4 Australian women medical volunteers, 2 soldiers and their descendant's visit to Serbia. $80,800
Boroondara City Council  To restore and upgrade the St James Park Cenotaph in Hawthorn which is a historic monument commemorating Australian involvement in wars, adding conflicts post-Vietnam. $10,000
Buln Buln Primary School  To install 3 flagpoles at Buln Buln Primary School. $2,000
Clayton Tremlett  To create an art exhibition and publication titled ‘Immortals’ reflecting First World War digger memorials. $14,085
Ellinbank Primary School Install three flagpoles and a memorial garden. $7,000
Lilydale Primary School To install 3 flagpoles at Lilydale Primary School's Oval. $2,000
Marlborough Primary School  To install 3 flagpoles at Marlborough Primary School. $2,000
Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd. To install a new flagpole within the existing Anzac garden at St Peter and Paul's School. $1,947
Montrose Township Group To erect a statue commemorating Australian nurses who served in war. $30,000
Shrine of Remembrance Trustees To create an exhibition detailing the history of the Catering Corps "From bully-beef to modern combat rations - a history of military food and catering". $120,655
St Augustine's School Install two flagpoles to allow the school to fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags to represent First Nations peoples. $1,620
Syndal South Primary School  To install 3 new flagpoles at Syndal South Primary School. $2,000
Talbot Soldiers Memorial Park Committee of Management  To install 3 new flagpoles at the Talbot Soldiers Memorial Park and construct a new walkway to the Cenotaph from the park gate. $6,460
The Man From Snowy River Tourist Assoc Inc. To build a new memorial plaque and carvings at Corryong WW1 Honour Avenue. $66,340
Ultima Progress Association Inc. To refurbish and conserve the Ultima War Memorial, including dismantling, rebuilding foundations, repair, and cleaning. $10,000
Wind & Sky Productions Pty. Ltd. To create a digital exhibition and documentary marking the 80th anniversary of the end of WW2 titled - "Indispensable. Australian service women in east and southeast Asia 1945-1955". $143,409
Wycheproof RSL Sub-Branch To restore and re-paint a WW2 Military Gun, situated in Centenary Park, Wycheproof.  $4,000
TOTAL   $504,316


Recipient Funding description Amount $
City of Belmont To install terraced seating and a stage for the City of Belmont War Memorial within the Faulkner Civic Precinct. $10,000
Jeffrey A Peirce  To publish a book highlighting the untold life stories of 33 First World War Nurses within connections to South West Western Australia. $7,500
Nyabing Primary School  To install flagpoles surrounded by a memorial garden in the school grounds. $3,500
Safety Bay Primary School To install corten steel screens representing the Australian Defence Force branches and animals of war around the primary school's flagpole grassed area. $7,220
Sawyers Valley Primary School  To install flagpoles and develop a remembrance garden at Sawyers Valley Primary School. $5,000
Shire of Kondinin To create a memorial garden in Hyden to commemorate locals who served in the First and Second World War.  $10,000
TOTAL   $43,220