Australian Wartime Experiences

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 2020, students must focus their research on the theme of CONTESTED hiSTORIES.  Students should think about events in Australia’s wartime history and contest the decisions, principles and ideologies.

The content must focus on Australia’s wartime experiences and you will be required to show evidence of using resources from the Anzac Portal at

Some possible areas of research might include:

  • The development of the Anzac legend
  • The role of women in Australia’s wartime history
  • The conscription debates of the First World War
  • The nature of commemoration

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:

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