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An introduction to the Shrine's purpose and development over time in relation to the development of the Disability Action Plan.


The Shrine of Remembrance was founded in 1934 as the National War Memorial of Victoria. Our purpose, vision, mission and people are at the heart of everything we do. The Shrine’s enduring purpose is to be a memorial honouring the service and sacrifice of Victorians and Australians in war, peacemaking and peacekeeping; and as a site of State, national and cultural significance.

The Shrine monument is set in a prominent location on a 13-hectare reserve at the southern end of Melbourne’s cultural arts precinct. The Shrine Reserve includes major monuments to the Second World War and Post 1945 conflicts, and numerous smaller memorials. The Shrine is one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks.

The Shrine monument was augmented in 2003 by incorporation of a Visitor Centre on its northern side providing access to the monument for people with disabilities and space for education, retail, reception, and public amenities. In 2005, the Shrine’s education and learning facilities were extended through the construction of an Education Centre in the Undercroft to the monument.

This work was further enhanced in 2014 through development of the Galleries of Remembrance: 1,600m2 of exhibition space beneath the monument providing interpretation of Victorian service and sacrifice from pre-Federation to present times. The development also established a dedicated education centre inclusive of a 137-seat auditorium.

The Shrine generally engages more than one million people annually in its ceremonial, education and learning programs onsite and online, including tens of thousands of students participating in curriculum aligned education programs.

The 2019–24 Strategic Plan was developed to establish an overarching direction to the management of the Shrine. This Disability Action Plan aligns with the Strategic Plan and will integrate into future Strategic Plans.