43,000 Australians to find out if they're going to Gallipoli

ALMOST 43,000 Australians will know if they get to attend the Centenary dawn service at Gallipoli next year by Anzac Day this year.

So far, 42,582 people have applied for a spot at the ceremony, which will mark 100 years since the landing of Anzac troops at Gallipoli in World War 1.

The capacity of the Anzac Commemorative Site is 10,500 people. In 2015, this will comprise places for 8000 Australians, 2000 New Zealanders and 500 official representatives of countries involved in the Gallipoli campaign, including some 250 representatives of Turkey, the host nation.

Australian applicants will compete for a limited pool of spots, with 7600 places reserved for direct descendants, war veterans and other close relatives.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary, Senator Michael Ronaldson, said the government's ticket provider would this week begin the process of confirming applications.

He said Ticketek would review and remove duplicate, incomplete or incorrect applications before an official ballot is drawn, which would determine those of highest priority.

"The ballot draw is automated and comprises of four cascades, providing some preference for direct descendants and veterans with qualifying or overseas service," he said.

"Outside the ballot, there are places for Australian First World War widows who will be included as part of Australia's official representative group and 400 places for secondary school children and their chaperones."

All those who applied would be told whether they were successful before Anzac Day this year, with the government encouraging successful applicants to book and pay for their travel arrangements as soon as they knew.

For more information on Gallipoli 2015 visit http://www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au or the Anzac Centenary visit http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au

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