Men of the Royal Australian Navy hauling up anchor, 1945
(NAA: A1200, L2875)
The National Archives holds records about service in the Australian defence forces from Federation in 1901. Find out how to access the records we hold relating to service with the:
Australian Army (Army)
Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
We also hold other records relating to wartime service, including:
- civilian service
- courts-martial files
- merchant navy
- munitions workers
- soldier settlement
- veterans’ case files
- war gratuities
Under the Archives Act, you have a right of access to Commonwealth government records that are in the open access period.
For wider research, you may also want to consult the Archives records about defence administration and policy or unit, operational and administrative records held by the Australian War Memorial.
See also the list of abbreviations used in some service records. View documents from service records from the Boer War, World War I and World War II.