Australian Wartime Experiences

Content: The content must focus on Australia’s wartime experiences.

Format: Any format

Other Special Requirements: You will be required to show evidence of using resources from the Anzac Portal at

DVA is proud to sponsor this special category in which students research Australia’s wartime history and gain an understanding of the service and sacrifice of those who have served our nation in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

In 2019, students must focus their research on the theme of People and Power. Students should think about the role of individuals and groups in Australia’s wartime history and relate them to the concept of power.

Some possible areas of research might include:

  • The importance of power and leadership in wartime. Consider politicians, commanding officers and service women and men.
  • The conscription debates of 1916 and 1917: How did people in power and everyday Australians influence the outcomes of the referenda?
  • The influence of media and popular protest on the Vietnam War.
  • How has Australia’s involvement in peacekeeping operations influenced Australia’s relationships with nations, leaders and people in our region?

The above is by no means an exhaustive list. Be creative!

Entries must be historically accurate and respectful of the contribution of Australian veterans.

The Anzac Portal:

Australian War Memorial:

Department of Veterans’ Affairs:

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) supports those who serve or have served in defence of our nation and commemorates their service.

DVA provides a range of programs to support the health and wellbeing of Australia’s veterans, current serving men and women, war widows and widowers, dependants and eligible members of the Australian Federal Police.