All Australian victims of MH17 have been identified.
Dutch authorities have confirmed that the bodies of 38 Australians who died on board Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have now been formally identified.
The Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop have said that over the next few weeks Operation Bring Them Home will be underway to ensure the remains of the deceased are returned from eastern Ukraine to their families.
A joint statement from the pair reads:
“The successful recovery, identification and repatriation of the victims has been a painstaking and meticulous process.
“It has been a tremendously difficult period for the families and for all Australians.
“After such a long wait, we can now be assured that the Australian victims have been accorded the dignity and respect they deserve.”