A shrine to acknowledge the sacrifice made by Diggers' families could be unveiled at the Australian War Memorial by next year.
A select group of artists have been briefed to pitch concepts for the monument, with plans to install it towards the end of 2016.
Soon the concept expects to call for the $500,000 in donations needed to fund the construction.
Last year Major-General Stephen Day pitched a concept, in an opinion piece for The Canberra Times, to erect a monument in recognition of the silent price paid by the families all Australians who served in war, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.
General Day said returned military personnel were recognised by the government and public through medals, memorials and commemoration days. "[But] our families wear no uniform, they have no medals, there are no memorials to them – there should be."
Since the article, he has received positive feedback from hundreds of people across the country and overseas.
"Whilst I was always confident it was a worthy cause, the support gave me encouragement to finalise the idea," he said.
A committee has since been formed to research the viability, cost, designs, and location.
General Day said the war memorial and its director, Brendan Nelson, had identified a location for the shrine outside the popular Poppy's cafe.
Located near the existing sculpture of Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop, on the east side of the main building, the site is positioned to take advantage of a nearby bus stop used to deliver about 125,000 schoolchildren who visit the attraction each year, he said.
It is understood invited artists have been told that the shrine should be neither a literal depiction of a family nor entirely abstract.
It is expected to be a significant work of contemporary art and an addition to the national collection.
"The design brief has gone out to artists for their consideration," General Day said. "Through generous support we have raised sufficient funds to get this far –
we're about halfway."
Once a design and artist were chosen, the next step would be to raise about $500,000 to have the work prepared and installed, he said. A
lot of the feedback he had received had also included donations in support.
General Day said he hoped to raise the capital through a combination of corporate sponsorships and crowdfunding. But the details were still under consideration and donations would not be accepted at this stage.