About Veterans Branch

Allan-Murray-photographThe Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that ex-service men and women are honoured and remembered in recognition of the service they have offered our nation.

Veterans Branch commemorates and supports veterans in Victoria through a range of initiatives that promote understanding of the service and sacrifices tendered by veterans in war and peace.

Our Minister

The Hon John Eren MP
Minister For Veterans

Find out more about our ministers.


Grants to restore community war memorials

Veterans Branch manages the Restoring Community War Memorials Grants program. This grants scheme supports communities to preserve war memorials and honour boards for future generations.

Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize

The Premier's Spirit of Anzac prize is an annual competition for Year 9 and 10 students. Applicants are invited to submit entries ranging from poems to essays, and ten winners are selected for a study tour of overseas sites where Australians have served in war.

Previous tour groups have been to the Western Front, Gallipoli, Korea and Singapore.

Veterans Heritage and History

Veterans Branch manages a number of initiatives relating to the preservation of war-related heritage.

These include the

Supporting ANZAC Day

Veterans Branch supports the annual ANZAC Day parade and commemorative services. On ANZAC Day, and the days either side, free travel is available on Victorian Public Transport for veterans and war widows.


Supporting the Shrine of Remembrance

The Victorian Government has supported the Shrine of Remembrance by providing funding to construct an education centre within the undercroft of the Shrine to cater for up to 40 000 students every year, funding to develop a business case for a proposed major redevelopment of the Galleries of Remembrance, and additional funding to help the Shrine to cover operating costs associated with increased visitor demand.

Visit the Shrine of Remembrance.

Concession travel for veterans

Veterans enjoy free travel on the Victorian public transport network on April 24, 25 and 26. To qualify for free travel on Myki or V/Line ticketed services, veterans simply need to wear their RSL badge, uniform or present their DVA Gold or White card.

This Victorian Government initiative helps veterans meet fellow diggers during the ANZAC Day period.


Last updated on Tuesday, 14 March 2017