Memorial Redevelopment Consultation Program

The Australian War Memorial is an important place for all Australians, where they can remember the service and sacrifice of those who have served in war and on operations. This is perhaps best expressed in the words of the Memorial’s founder, Charles Bean: “Here is their spirit, in the heart of the land they loved; and here we guard the record which they themselves made.” Since opening in 1941, the Memorial has recognised, honoured and told the stories of our defence force personnel and their experiences in war, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

The Memorial’s ability to respectfully commemorate and display these stories is now at capacity; visitor numbers remain strong and modern conflicts are under-represented. There is no further gallery space to tell the stories of what is happening now and for the future. A significant redevelopment is required to improve the experience, education and understanding of our visitors by increasing gallery space and improving amenities.

The Memorial is developing a detailed proposal to submit to the Federal Government for funding for this project, and is also developing a Precinct Masterplan to create a vision that will guide the Memorial for the next 50 years.

Public consultation now closed

During August and September 2018 the Memorial sought feedback on five project themes in order to help shape the Federal Government submission and the Precinct Masterplan.

The public consultation program is now closed. Thank you to all who provided feedback and to those who attended our sessions throughout Australia.

Drop-in information sessions

Throughout August a number of drop-in information sessions were held at the Memorial for attendees to learn more about the project and give their feedback. 

As part of the consultation process public session were also held outside of Canberra on the following dates.






17 Sep



Darwin Trailer Boat Club
8 Atkins Dr,
Fannie Bay NT

1:00 pm-3.00 pm

18 Sep



Townsville RSL
139 Charters Towers Rd,
Hermit Park QLD

1:00 pm-3.00 pm

19 Sep



Wynnum RSL
174 Tingal Rd,
Wynnum, Central QLD

1:00 pm-3.00 pm

25 Sep



Club York
95-99 York St,
Sydney, NSW

1:00 pm-3.00 pm


THEME 1: A place for veterans and their families 

We would like to ensure the Australian War Memorial makes our nations’ current and former servicemen and women, and their families feel welcome and comfortable. As we plan for the future, we want to create more spaces where veterans and families can find a quiet moment to reflect and we plan to make it easier for veterans to access and move about the Memorial.

War Memorial galleries

How can we best serve veterans and their families when they visit the Memorial?

Download discussion paper for theme 1

THEME 2: Precinct priorities

The Australian War Memorial extends beyond the buildings. Planning for the future means considering the whole precinct; which includes visitor parking, transport options, heritage significance, cafes, external displays, ceremonial areas, our connection with Anzac Parade, the vista across Lake Burley Griffin and our nearby neighbours and community. 

War Memorial aerial shot

What are the priority areas for the Australian War Memorial Precinct? How could we make the external experiences at the Australian War Memorial better?

Download discussion paper for theme 2

THEME 3: The visitor experience

The experience of visitors to the Australian War Memorial is as diverse as the visitors themselves. The Memorial must cater for all visitor needs and provide accessibility and functionality to assist them. Visitors may include veterans and their families, school groups, national and international tourists, amateur and academic researchers, or even visitors attending a corporate event at the memorial. As we plan for the future, we are interested in your views on what is important to make the Memorial accessible and functional.


What are the access requirements and functionality you would like to see in the Memorial in the future?

Download discussion paper for theme 3

THEME 4: Telling more stories to more people

The Australian War Memorial tells the stories of Australia’s war, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in its galleries through carefully curated items from its world class collection. These stories are ongoing and gallery spaces need to be created with enough flexibility to enable a place for stories not-yet-written. The Memorial also has many items that are too large to display in the current Memorial galleries.

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What are the important things to consider for the planning of future gallery spaces at the Memorial?

Download discussion paper for theme 4

THEME 5: Future 50 - Commemoration, museum and research themes

The Precinct Masterplan provides an opportunity to envisage the next fifty years and create a vision to guide the development of future experiences for our veterans, their families and our visitors. What values are important to preserve as we develop a vision for the next fifty years at the Memorial?

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What would you like future generations to experience when they visit the Memorial in the 2060s?

Download discussion paper for theme 5