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, 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

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

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.