Australia’s Wartime Experiences

Content: The content must focus on Australia’s wartime experiences.
Other Requirements: All entries in this special category will be required to show evidence of using resources from DVA’s Anzac Portal –

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

In the National History Challenge for 2022, students are to focus their research on the theme of ‘CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES’.  Students are encouraged to think about events in Australia’s wartime history and consider the causes and the consequences arising from them. 

Some possible areas of research might include:

  • The evolution of the commemorative tradition in Australia
  • Australia’s role in the Pacific theatre in the Second World War
  • The history of military conscription in Australia
  • Post-Second World War conflicts involving Australian servicemen and servicewomen
  • The effects of war on the home front

These suggested topics are just some of the ways into the theme for the 2022 National History Challenge. Use them as a ‘launch pad’ for your research. Be creative!

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

DVA supports those who serve or have served in defence of our nation, and their families.