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You cannot use the word ANZAC (or anything like it) as a name without approval. Here are the rules.

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Protection of Word 'Anzac' Regulations

The Protection of Word 'Anzac' Regulations were made in 1921 under the War Precautions Act Repeal Act 1920 to protect the word 'Anzac', and any word which resembles it, from inappropriate use.

Since the word 'Anzac' was coined to describe the joint Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War One it has come to represent the values of courage, determination and mateship epitomised by those who serve in the defence of our nation. 

  • The Protection of Word 'Anzac' Regulations were created in recognition of the importance of the word to Australians and the deep and enduring interest of the ex-service and wider community in ensuring that it is not used inappropriately.
  • The Regulations prohibit, without the authority of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the use of the word 'Anzac' or any similar word in connection with 
    • a trade, business, calling or profession or 
    • in connection with any entertainment or 
    • any lottery or 
    • art union or 
    • as the name or part of the name of any private residence or
    • boat, vehicle or 
    • charitable or other institution, or 
    • any building in connection therewith. 

However, the Regulations do not preclude use of the words 'Anzac Day' in connection with an entertainment (as defined under the Regulations) held on 25 April or consecutive days that include 25 April under certain conditions.

Regulation 3 also prohibits, without the authority of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the use of the word 'Anzac' or any similar word on streets, roads or parks, unless the street, road or park has in its immediate vicinity a memorial relating to a world war, or was so named prior to the commencement of the Regulation.

Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations

In addition to the Protection of Word 'Anzac' Regulations, the word 'Anzac' is further protected under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956. These Regulations prohibit the importation of goods with 'Anzac' in their description (or a similar word) or which bear the word 'Anzac' (or a similar word), and associated advertising material, without the permission of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs.

Matters considered by the Minister when assessing requests to use the word 'Anzac'

In the consideration of applications for approval to use the word 'Anzac', the need to protect the significance of the relationship of the word with the bravery and self-sacrifice of the first Anzacs is of paramount importance to the Minister.

Matters usually considered by the Minister in deciding whether to approve an application include, but is not limited to:

  • the intent of the Regulations;
  • the views of the ex-service community;
  • commercial aspects; and
  • commemorative and educational benefits.

Types of Applications Generally Approved

Although each application is considered on its individual merits, there are several types of applications that are generally approved.

In 1994 a general policy relating to biscuit products was adopted. The policy recognises that the names "Anzac biscuit" and "Anzac slice" have been in general use in Australia for many years, recipes appear in many cookbooks and biscuits are sold at numerous small fetes and fundraising events.

Approvals for the word 'Anzac' to be used on biscuit products have been given on the proviso that the product generally conforms to the traditional recipe and shape, is not advertised in any way that would play on Australia's military heritage, and is not used in association with the word 'cookies', which is considered to have non-Australian overtones.

Businesses located on Roads, Streets, Avenues or Highways
As a general principle, the use of the word 'Anzac' is also approved in the name of a business located on a road, street, avenue or highway that includes the word 'Anzac', provided that the full name of that road, street, avenue or highway is included, for example Anzac Avenue Fruit Mart. In these cases it is considered that the public would generally associate such a name with its location rather than with the usual meaning of the word 'Anzac'.

RSL Headquarters
RSL Headquarters have traditionally been located in buildings named ANZAC House. Successive Ministers have approved this name for a number of buildings.

Contact Details

If you wish to seek the Minister's approval to use the word 'Anzac' under the Protection of Word 'Anzac' Regulations or to import goods bearing the word 'Anzac' under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations please write to the:

Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Parliament House

Applicants seeking the Minister's approval should provide as much detail as possible concerning the proposed use of the word 'Anzac' including pictures or samples of proposed products where appropriate. For enquiries please contact the Parliamentary and Secretariat Section of the Department of Veterans' Affairs on
(02) 6289 6475 or (02) 6289 6708.


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