Tasmanians planning to attend the 100th anniversary ANZAC Day commemorations at Gallipoli have until 31 January to apply for a ballot.

Liberal Senator Stephen Parry said the ballot will be held to allocate places to 8000 Australians and 2000 New Zealanders.

“The ballot is designed to ensure participants will be able attend as safely and comfortably as possible,” Senator Parry said.

“The 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing is creating immense interest, so the Commonwealth Government is focused on conducting a fair, open and transparent ballot to allocate the limited places.

“Of the 8000 Australian places to be allocated, 2000 will be available for special representatives such as direct descendants, the veteran community and secondary school students and their chaperones.”

Senator Parry said widows of Australian First World War veterans do not need to apply for the ballot as they’ll be contacted separately by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The ballots close at midnight on 31 January 2014 and applicants will be notified of the outcome in March. This will allow more than 12 months for those who receive passes through the ballot to plan and pay for their travel to Turkey.

For more information and how to apply visit www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au
Senator Stephen Parry Deputy President of the Senate Liberal Tasmania