• 04 Mar 2024
  • 2 min read
  • By The REIQ

Protections around the word 'Anzac'

ANZAC, Trading hours, Legal trading

The word ‘Anzac’ has a unique place in Australian culture and is protected under the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Protection of Word ‘Anzac’ Regulations 1921. The DVA says the regulations aim to preserve the significance of the word as it relates to the bravery and self-sacrifice of the first Anzacs and the special place Anzac has in Australia’s heritage.

The regulations prevent the use of the word ‘Anzac’ in connection with any entertainment, trade, business, calling or profession without permission from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. Broadly, the regulations apply if organisations intend to use the word ‘Anzac’ in any formal, official, entertainment or commercial capacity.

This includes selling or producing goods, fundraising for exhibitions, games, sporting or social gatherings and performances or lectures.

The Regulations and associated guidelines are available on the DVA website here. There is also an application form to seek permission to use the word ‘Anzac’. There is no cost to apply for a permit.

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