Digitising World War II service records

Our collection has over 1 million records documenting the service of Australian men and women during World War II. These include service records for the Army, the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Australian Navy.

Over the past 15 years we've digitised more than 200,000 WWII records and made them available to view online through RecordSearch. This includes all Royal Australian Navy service cards (series A6769 and A6770).

In 2019, the Australian Government announced funding of $10 million to help us digitise the remaining 850,000 records over 4 years, with work starting in July 2019.

Since then we've digitised 200,000 additional records, with over 3 million pages made available online.

What we're doing now

Large-scale digitisation of the remaining WWII service records began in October 2020.

Army records

Records will be digitised by place of enlistment.

Air Force records

Records will be digitised alphabetically by surname (Series A9300) and by service number (Series A9301).

Batches of records in these series will be temporarily unavailable to the public while they are being digitised. As records are digitised, the digital copies will be added to RecordSearch and made available free of charge.

The table below provides specific updates on the progress of records being digitised. We will update this table regularly.

Series Batch Progress
B884 Northern Territory
Tasmania
Western Australia
Completed
B884 South Australia
Queensland
New South Wales
Victoria
In progress
B884 Papua New Guinea Early 2022
A9300 AARONS to PEAD In progress
A9300 ABBOTT to ZUCKER In progress
A9301 Service number 1183 to 1495
Service number 14448 to 21142
Completed
A9301 Service number 21889 to 37057
Service number 21090 to 27054
Service number 60141 to 90337
In progress
B883 All states Mid-2022

Use our Request for World War II Service Records form if you have a question about access to these records.

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