Anzac and education


Queensland schools teach the Australia Curriculum

By the end of 2020, Queensland state schools are required to provide the Australian Curriculum to students in Prep to Year 10.

Developed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, the curriculum outlines what all students should learn, including the historical origins of Anzac Day, ways it is commemorated throughout Australia and the world, the nature and significance of the war in world and Australian history, and the Australian experience of war.

The P-12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework specifies the curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements for all Queensland state schools' principals and staff delivering the curriculum from Prep to Year 12.

To support Queensland schools implement the Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences in Prep to Years 6/7 and the Australian Curriculum: History in Years 7 to 10, the Queensland Department of Education devised Curriculum into the Classroom materials. These materials also help teachers to identify age appropriate classroom resources.

The Premier's Anzac Prize

The Queensland Department of Education conducts The Premier's Anzac Prize. The Prize was started in 2013 as part of the Centenary of Anzac.

From 2013 to 2019, winners of the Prize had the opportunity to experience the Anzac tradition first-hand and tour important memorial sites in London and on the Western Front battlefields.

For further information about past tours and resources about Anzac Day, visit

Education resources for schools

Anzac Day Commemoration Committee

The charter of the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee (ADCC) is to commemorate our fallen heroes and to honour our surviving veterans. The committee manages a number of events and activities which schools and students can participate in as outlined below.

The annual Students' Anzac Commemoration Ceremony in Anzac Square, Brisbane is conducted specifically for school students and has been designed to encourage the highest level of student participation.

Support available includes:

  • an online shop for the purchase of a range of merchandise for schools, including books and badges
  • access to order forms and notes for the ANZAC Badge Appeal
  • information about the ADCC.

The ADCC has developed a range of education and classroom resources, including those that focus on Australia's experiences of war, the spirit of ANZAC and remembering and commemorating Anzac Day.

Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018

The Australian Government Anzac Centenary website provides information about this important period of national commemoration.

Anzac Centenary Queensland

The Anzac Centenary provided an opportunity for Queenslanders to reflect on how war has shaped our nation, from the beaches of Gallipoli to the deserts of Afghanistan. Legacy projects include:

  • Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation
  • ANZAC Square restoration and enhancement
  • ANZAC Legacy Gallery.

RSL Queensland

RSL Queensland's education resources related to the topics of Commemoration and Health and Wellbeing are available for Prep to Year 2, Years 3 to 6, Years 7 to 10, and Years 11 and 12.

Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs

Each year, the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) develops and distributes to schools new educational resources.

The Anzac portal provides access to a wide range of free resources including education resources, curriculum units and history publications that share stories and images of veterans' service.

From the portal, schools can access resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum, including:

  • support for students to recognise and commemorate those who served Australia in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations
  • support for the Years 9 and 10 Depth Studies for World War I and World War II 
  • downloadable PDF documents on Australia's wartime experiences
  • online activities.

The Australian Government's Saluting Their Service commemorations program provides grants of up to $4,000. Schools may access funding to support events and activities which are directly commemorative of Australia's involvement in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

DVA also runs and supports several competitions to encourage students to develop an understanding of Australia's wartime history, including the Anzac Day Schools Awards, the Australian Wartime Experiences category of the National History Challenge and the Simpson Prize Competition.

The Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial has online resources and practical activities that draw on the collection and personal stories of the Memorial. Information to support school visits or access outreach learning resources.

Last updated 24 April 2019