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 349,370 files, containing over 6.5 million pages. Over 121,000 of these have already been released for public access online through RecordSearch, and more are being loaded every day. 

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).

Accessing service files

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.

We have experienced some delays to our loading of images due to COVID-19 lockdowns, but we are working hard to catch up. 

The table below provides details of the records currently being digitised, and those completed.

Series Batch Progress
B884 Northern Territory
Western Australia
B884 Papua New Guinea In progress
B884 South Australia
New South Wales
In progress
B883 Darwin In progress
B883 Western Australia
In progress
B883 South Australia In progress
A9300 AARONS to PEAD In progress
A9300 ABBOTT to ZUCKER In progress
A9301 Service number 1183 to 1495
Service number 14448 to 21142
A9301 Service number 21889 to 37057
Service number 21090 to 27054
Service number 60141 to 90337
In progress

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