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Anzac Biscuit

Did you know that using the term “cookie” to describe ANZAC biscuits can lead to a lawsuit from the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs? Regarded as more than just un-Australian the Federal Government is against the idea of our rolled oats, golden syrup and flour war treat being watered down by American terminology.


According to Candace Sutton of, calling an Anzac biscuit a “cookie” could see a company receive a hefty fine. As part of the strict laws surrounding the use of the term ANZAC, which stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, the word is protected and cannot just be used by anyone. In fact, classed as a misuse of the word ANZAC under the Crimes Act, the person using the term could incur fines of up to $10,200 and up to 12 months in prison.

The ANZAC biscuit was baked and shipped to Australian and New Zealand soldiers by their loved ones during World War I. The army biscuit, also known as an “ANZAC wafer” or “ANZAC tile”, has a long shelf-life and travelled well over the long journey due to the lack of eggs. It was a comfort item for those serving in Egypt, Gallipoli or Europe and a reminder of home.

To find our more about ANZAC biscuits and complete a number of cross-curricular activities take a look at the Learn From Play ANZAC Unit. There are activities including calculating the cost of baking ANZAC biscuits, designing a wrapper for them and a cloze comprehension activity about the history of these biscuits. There are Sudoku activities and a whole lot more to make this an engaging week of lessons in the lead up to or post ANZAC Day.

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