A ballot for seats at the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2015 has been finalised.
The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator Michael Ronaldson said the former Australian Government and the New Zealand Government decided to initiate a ballot process for the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2015, following advice from the Turkish Government that attendance had been capped at 10,500 people.
Senator Ronaldson said they had received 42,273 applicants confirmed to run in the ballot.
"Applicants will receive initial email advice from today, followed by formal letters in the coming weeks, with all being notified before Anzac Day this year," he said.
Senator Ronaldson said the ballot and ticketing provider Ticketek had carefully verified applicants' details including claims to the direct descendant and veteran categories.
He said all applicants who were successful in the ballot would receive two tickets - one for themselves and one for a guest.
Senator Ronaldson said those who had not received a ticket in the ballot, but had elected to be on the waiting list, would be notified of any tickets that might become available up until 31 March 2015.
"Those without tickets for Anzac Day 2015 may consider visiting Gallipoli on 6 August 2015 for the Battle of Lone Pine Centenary commemoration service," he said.
"Australians may also consider attending another Dawn Service in Australia or overseas or watch the television broadcast of the Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux services on the ABC."
The ballot draw is automated and comprises four cascades, providing some preference for direct descendants and veterans with qualifying or overseas service.
Outside the ballot, there are places for Australian First World War widows who will be included as part of Australia's official representative group and 400 places for secondary school children and their chaperones.
Australians attending the commemorations are encouraged to visit the DVA website for more information on what to expect and how to prepare at this PS News link.
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