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The Anzac Day Trust was established in 1970 following an agreement between the Returned Services League (RSL), horse racing authorities and the State Government to allow horse racing and other sporting events to be held after midday on Anzac Day.
In exchange for allowing sporting events on Anzac Day, the RSL negotiated that a portion of the profits from those race meetings should be provided to a fund, administrated by the Trust, to assist ex-service personnel and their dependents.
When it was established, the Trust was to receive an amount equal to half the net profits of race meetings held on Anzac Day. However, it was very rare that Anzac Day race meetings resulted in a net profit, which led to a change in the legislation in 1981 to allow a payment in lieu of the sum derived from race meetings.
At the Trust's discretion, total funds of $23,000 will be made available by the 2014 Anzac Day Trust Annual Grants Program to one or more eligible organisations through an application process. Applications for funding can be submitted for projects and activities that support the welfare of veterans and ex-service personnel, their widows and/or dependent wives and children.
Service organisations caring for, or assisting, veterans and ex-service personnel, their widows and/or dependent wives and children, are eligible to apply.
The Trust has determined that applications will be accepted from State or head organisations only.
The Trust comprises of four members appointed by the Governor. The current members are as follows:
The Department of Premier and Cabinet currently provide administrative support for the Trust.
The ANZAC Day Trust Grants Program is now closed for 2017.
For further information please contact the Department of Premier and Cabinet on 1800 204 224.