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Department of Veterans' Affairs


16 March 2019

call for Media REGISTRATIONS


Media organisations or representatives wishing to cover Anzac Day commemorations in France or Turkey can apply for media accreditation by completing an online registration by close of business Friday, 12 April 2019. Late registrations for the services will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Anzac Day, Villers-Bretonneux, France:

Anzac Day, Turkey

Please note: To cover the commemorations in Turkey, you will need a visa to work as media, as well as accreditation through the Turkish Directorate of Communications. This is the responsibility of each organisation or representative, and it is recommended you submit applications early.

The completed registration will be considered your formal intention to cover the commemoration. Following the closing of registration, successful applicants will be advised as soon as possible. Media passes will be issued in-country prior to the event.

Anzac Day, 25 April, France
What: Anzac Day commemorative service
Location: Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Time: 0530

What: Australian Service at Digger Memorial – Bullecourt
Location: Digger Memorial on the village outskirts of Bullecourt
Time: 1600

Anzac Day, 25 April, Turkey
What: Anzac Day joint Australian and New Zealand commemorative service
Location: Anzac Commemorative Site, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey
Time: 0530

What: Battle of Lone Pine commemorative Service (Australia)
Location: Lone Pine memorial and cemetery
Time: 0930

What: Chunuk Bair commemorative Service (New Zealand)
Location: Chunuk Bair
Time: 1130

Please note, the times listed above are tentative. Final arrangements will be confirmed closer to the services. 

Host broadcast
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) provides a host or international feed of the commemorations free of charge to registered media who request it. DVA will provide further details on feed access closer to each event.

Media briefings and interview opportunities
Media briefings for the commemorations will occur on-site at the following times (TBC):

  • 1200 noon Tuesday, 23 April 2019: Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux, France
  • 1330 Tuesday, 23 April 2019: Anzac Commemorative Site, Gallipoli

Attendance at the media briefing by at least one member of the media organisation registered will be essential to collect media passes. Photographic media identification passes and a limited number of parking permits for official media production vehicles will be distributed at the briefings. Important information will be provided, including order of events and on-site arrangements. A representative of the ABC will be in attendance to answer any questions on the host broadcast.

The briefings may be followed by a media opportunity with selected commemoration participants. Further information on this, and other media opportunities in the lead-up to the commemorations, will be provided to registered media closer to the service date.

Site access
All sites have restricted on-site parking and spaces will only be available for a limited number of official media production vehicles. Priority will be given to Satellite News Gathering (SNGs or similar) vehicles that are required for the direct transmission of your story or broadcast. There may be limited spaces for media vehicles on-site and further information will be provided to registered media closer to the service.

Transport, travel and accommodation
Media representatives are responsible for organising their own travel, transport and accommodation. Accommodation in the Somme region (France) is limited and bookings must be made well in advance. Special traffic arrangements will be in place and more information will be provided on the DVA website.

Stills imagery
High resolution images from the commemorations will be available for download following the conclusion of each of the services from Defence images.

Further information
For further details on commemorations in Turkey and France in 2019, visit the DVA website and follow our social media accounts for updates: twitter: @DVAAus and Facebook: Anzac Centenary or Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Media contacts
For France:
Mr Dale Starr
Media Director – Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Tel: +61 (0)2 6289 4719 or (0)428 805 578

For Turkey:
Mr Cedric Szigeti
Media Manager – Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Tel: +61 (0)2 6289 6252