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Service records

Discovering Anzacs website Discovering Anzacs – The National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand commemorate the Centenary of Anzac. 

The National Archives holds records about service in the Australian defence forces from Federation in 1901. Find out how to access the records we hold relating to service with the:

Australian Army (Army)

Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

We also hold other records relating to wartime service, including:

  • civilian service
  • courts-martial files
  • merchant navy
  • munitions workers
  • soldier settlement
  • veterans’ case files
  • war gratuities

Under the Archives Act, you have a right of access to Commonwealth government records that are in the open access period.

For wider research, you may also want to consult the Archives records about defence administration and policy or unit, operational and administrative records held by the Australian War Memorial.

See also the list of abbreviations used in some service records. View documents from service records from the Boer War, World War I and World War II.


Royal Australian Air Force from 1921


RAAF personnel files

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was created in 1921. The main record of service is the personnel file. Other useful records include casualty files, also known as accident reports, and unit records.

Records of members of the Australian Flying Corps are included in the collection of first AIF records. Refer to Army – World War I.

Air Force – Service after World War II


Postwar RAAF personnel files

Records of service in the RAAF after World War II, including service in Korea, Malaya and Vietnam, are held by the Department of Defence.

The main source of information for RAAF personnel serving after World War II is the personnel file, listed in the table below.

If the service person served in the World War II period and then continued to serve after this period, the records of war service are combined in the postwar file.


There is a comprehensive book on the subject published by Peter Dunn


WWll Self Help Research Tool for Australian Military Records


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