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 100,000 additional records, with over 2 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

Completed

B884

South Australia

Western Australia

Queensland

In progress

B884

New South Wales

Late 2021

B884

Victoria

Late 2021

B884 Papua New Guinea Late 2021

A9300

AARONS to PEAD

In progress

A9300

ABBOTT to ZUCKER

Late 2021

A9301

Service number 1183 to 1495

Service number 14448 to 21142

Completed

A9301

Service number 21889 to 37057

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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