The Memorial began public consultation on the development in 2018 and has continued to offer opportunity for public input at each stage of the project. This consultation approach will continue as we consult on gallery content and exhibition development, engaging various community-led advisory and focus groups to guide decision-making. Public feedback will continue through surveys and online forums.

Detailed reporting and consultation outcomes to date can be viewed on under Reports and Documentation.

Project Plans and Approvals

Main Works Consultation

Consultation is now complete.

The National Capital Authority (NCA) held the community consultation period for the Memorial’s Major Works design packages, offering opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the architectural designs of the project plans.

On 24 November 2021, the NCA approved the Memorial’s three Major Works packages for the Development Project: Main Works Package 1 (the Southern Entrance), Main Works Package 2 (the CEW Bean Building extension) and Main Works Package 3 (the new Anzac Hall).

Current Consultation

Main Building Refurbishment

The Main Building Refurbishment project is the localised (select areas) internal reconfiguration and fit-out of the Australian War Memorial Main Building.

The project is being undertaken as stage 2 of the AWM Development – a program of works that addresses the broader constraints on display space and visitor amenity at the Memorial.

Stage 1 (approved and under construction) includes the new Southern Entrance, Glazed Link, Anzac Hall and CEW Bean Building expansion.

Stage 1 enables the removal of the research centre and some back of house functions from the Main Building to free up space to enable gallery expansion.

The main building refurbishment project includes works to parts of the main building to:

a)    Provide equitable circulation routes with new corridors, lift and staircase
b)    Create gallery areas (shell only - for future fit-out)
c)    Reconfigure existing back of house functions into a smaller footprint
d)    Provide new visitor amenities such as toilets, first aid room and respite room
e)    Expand and enhance the educational facilities
f)    Remove plant and storage functions from the external Gate 4 maintenance area and construct amenities for visitors to the educational area.

The project does not change the functions of the Australian War Memorial.

The Main Building Refurbishment project has been referred to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water for consideration under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

As part of that process, a Heritage Impact Statement has been prepared against the Memorial’s Heritage Management Plan 2022 (PDF - 4.0 MB).

View the plans of the proposed works (PDF 8.6 MB).

The referral process includes a period of community consultation undertaken by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water. Details can be found on the DCCEEW website:

Proposed Main Building refurbishment fit-out

Advisory Groups

Our Gallery Development team is undertaking targeted community engagement with a variety of individuals and groups to seek specific input into the gallery content development process. This will include five community Advisory groups which will meet with our team and give advice on the exhibitions for the duration of the project.

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group – national Indigenous representation will provide cultural advice and guidance for the future development of the Memorial.

  2. Youth Advisory Group – prominent young Australians from diverse backgrounds and with proven community connections will provide advice and feedback on proposed gallery content to ensure the sustainability and relevance of the Memorial for future generations.

  3. Access Advisory Group – a group that is inclusive and representative of people with diverse needs.

  4. Veterans Advisory group – representatives from various ex-service organisations, associations and individuals contributing to veteran’s welfare.

  5. Diversity Advisory Group – a group reflecting the diversity of Australian people, including representation from culturally linguistically and diverse backgrounds


List of members to the Advisory Groups


Past consultations

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

The Australian War Memorial acknowledges the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to land, sea and waters. We pay our respects to elders past and present.