Senator Bilyk is warning ANZAC pilgrims to be wary of scams involving tickets to Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli.

“The ANZAC services at Gallipoli is a special event for the thousands of Australian, New Zealand and Turkish people that attend each year, as well as the millions that watch it at home,” Senator Bilyk said. “Due to the especially large number of people wanting to attend the 100th anniversary in 2015, the Australian and New Zealand Governments have agreed to put in place a ballot system to allocate tickets.”

The agreement will mean that there are 8,000 places for Australians, including 2,000 set aside for the veteran community, direct descendants, widows and secondary school students and their chaperones, with the remaining 6,000 tickets (3,000 double passes) to go to ballot. It is expected scammers will seek to take advantage of Australians trying to get some of the remaining 6,000 tickets.

“Scammers have a track history of targeting large events, even ones marking such a solemn occasion as this,” Senator Bilyk said. “The scams relating to the 2015 ANZAC Day commemorations at Gallipoli may come in a variety of forms, including fees to register for the free ballot, websites offering fake tickets, or packaged tour offers that ‘guarantee’ tickets.”

If you want to attend the 100th anniversary Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015, remember these key points:

• There is only ONE way to register your interest – through the official government ballot. Register at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gallipoli 2015 website: www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au or call Ticketek for a paper application form on 1300 364 002.
• It is free to register on the ballot – if someone offers to register you for a fee, walk away.
• If you come across a website selling ‘tickets’ to the event, or a travel package that includes a ‘guaranteed’ place, don’t be fooled – there are no special or reserved tickets. The only way to register for an opportunity to attend the 2015 commemorations at Gallipoli is through the official ballot.
• There’s plenty of time to register for the ballot – it is open until midnight 31 January 2014.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is responsible for administering the Anzac Day Gallipoli 2015 ballot, and has published a range of information on how it works. To find out more and apply, visit www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au.

If you have been scammed, you can report it to the ACCC via the SCAMwatch hotline on 1300 795 995 or at www.scamwatch.gov.au
Senator Catryna Bilyk Labor Senator for Tasmania Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate