An accident at last year’s national Anzac Day parade has prompted the Returned Services League (RSL) to limit children’s participation at the service.

A letter to prospective participants in the march from the president of the RSL’s ACT branch, John King, emphasised “the march is for veterans and current serving members of the ADF”.

Mr King said relatives of deceased veterans “should not march”, but they have not been banned, reports ABC news.

Kids under 12, will no longer be allowed to walk down Anzac Parade alongside veterans, after the RSL was told the public liability insurance would no longer cover them.

In the 2017 parade, a child tripped and took down an elderly person they were marching with, who was then treated by paramedics.

Mr King said it was understandable that the public liability insurance would no longer cover the youngest marchers, who are also banned from riding in vehicles, and the youth groups the RSL had spoken to had “accepted the issue”.

“We’ve set the age of 12 as an age limit that we feel children can reasonably understand what’s going on,” he said.

“[They can] be more across what’s going on and if they have to manage the person as a carer, that’s reasonable.

Mr King said the changes made were always “trials” and they would re-assess after the event.

“When the children are able to … they can actually be largely responsible and not cause some of these issues that have occurred in the past,” he said.

Read the full story on ABC news

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  • Sounds like a good compromise to me.


  • There is a misconception that this is a parade. It is actually a funeral march, honouring the fallen. Whilst the descendants have much to celebrate and be thankful for, it is not a party and young children should be educated about this – regardless of insurance.


  • A difficult choice – but if insurance does not cover under 12 there are limited options.


  • I think anyone can trip, adults just as much as children. Personally I think it’s good to involve children and whole families because it gives a bond and it’s important they know where this is about.


  • I think it is reasonable, the march is for a purpose


  • The reasons are understandable, but this decision will influence a lot of families for sure.


  • I think it is a sad decision however I can understand the reasoning behind it.

    • I agree – sad – but made for a reason.


  • It’s a bit sad because I think it’s important that kids are involved and keep the traditions alive. But totally understand why the under 12s shouldn’t march


  • I can see why this may disappoint ppl, however imagine what it would do to the RSL’s finances if there was an accident and they couldn’t use the liability insurance. Therefore I think it’s a sensible decision.


  • I can understand why they have done it, but its still a bit sad. Some people take a lot of pride in marching with their grandchildren and teaching them why its so important to remember the sacrifices that people who have come before have made.


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