Defence and war service records

The National Archives' extraordinary collection of records about Australia's defence and war efforts will help you learn more about your family's war history, support your academic research, or commemorate ex-service members.

Announcement

The National Archives will be digitising 850,000 World War II service records over the next few years.

Other defence records

We hold many other records related to wartime service and defence.

Search our collection to find records about:

  • civilian service
  • courts-martial
  • merchant navy
  • munitions workers
  • soldier settlement
  • veterans’ cases
  • war crimes
  • war gratuities
  • war graves
  • defence administration and policy

You may also want to visit the Australian War Memorial for records on:

  • units
  • operations
  • administration