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$2.5m Anzac funding spent properly: review

AAP logoAAP 30/09/2016 Max Blenkin, Defence Correspondent

An independent review has found $2.5 million in government funding to the Camp Gallipoli Foundation was properly spent.

The one-off payment facilitated six campouts for young people at locations throughout Australia on Anzac Day 2015.

A review was launched following reports of financial mismanagement and dishonesty and that promised surplus funds never reached the RSL and Legacy Australia.

Camp Gallipoli conducted Anzac Day eve campout events for thousands of ticketholders - many of them schoolchildren - in various capital cities to learn about the experiences of diggers a century earlier.

Veterans Affairs MInister Dan Tehan said Camp Gallipoli was provided with $2.5 million through the Commonwealth Government's Anzac Centenary Public Fund to run the six events.

His department implemented strict payment principles to ensure public money was spent only on hosting these events, a condition confirmed by the independent review.

""It was beyond the scope of the DVA to investigate how non-government money was spent, the profitability of Camp Gallipoli and whether statements about directing profits to charities were honoured," Mr Tehan said in a statement on Friday.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission was conducting its own review of Camp Gallipoli activities.

DVA revoked the foundation's permit to use the word Anzac just before Anzac Day this year.

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