RSL NSW State Branch (ANZAC House)
The Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch) (RSL NSW) is a member-based veterans’ charity founded in 1916. It is a statutory corporation incorporated under the RSL NSW Act 2018 (Act).
State Branch is the administrative core of our organisation in New South Wales, overseeing the operations of our nearly 350 sub-Branches across the state. The premises in which State Branch is based have been known as ANZAC House since the 1920s. Today, ANZAC House is also home to our professional veterans’ services arms, RSL DefenceCare and Veteran Sport Australia (VSA).
The day-to-day management and control of the business affairs of RSL NSW is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer. The CEO is accountable to the Board. The CEO is supported by an executive team and staff. See the current management structure, or find out more information about the Board.
RSL NSW’s mission is to respect, support and remember veterans and their families.
District Councils (DCs) & District Presidents’ Council (DPC)
The 23 District Councils are the upper tier of the League’s local representation. Varying widely in both membership and geographic size (pictured on the map below), the District Councils coordinate the districts to which the RSL sub-Branches belong.
The District Councils also help to disseminate important information across the League, particularly in regions where digital communication remains unreliable. For these reasons, it is crucial that office holders at the district level are highly qualified for this demanding role.
As of 1 December 2019, under the new Constitution, the presidents of all 23 District Councils meet quarterly as the District Presidents’ Council (DPC).
This body is empowered to bring the voices of members directly to the Board and to keep the Board accountable to the membership (for example, nominees to be an Independent Director will require the approval of the DPC before being appointed).
RSL NSW has nearly 350 sub-Branches in small county towns and metropolitan suburbs across the state. Each of our 30,000 members is attached to one of these sub-Branches—spaces where members can gather to help each other and the wider veteran community.
Delegates from all sub-Branches meet each year at the RSL NSW Annual State Congress, usually held over 2-3 days in October or November. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is usually held on the final day, with delegates voting on policy positions and constitutional amendments.
Note: RSL Clubs and other services clubs are community organisations. Many are members of Clubs NSW or the RSL & Services Clubs Association. They are not owned by or affiliated with RSL NSW or RSL sub-Branches, which are registered charities.
RSL NSW is affiliated with the six other state and territory branches that make up the membership of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL National), based in Canberra. RSL National is the voice of the states to the federal government, advocating for veterans and their families with the consent of the state and territory branches.
The President of each state and territory is appointed as a Director of the Board of RSL National.
- Blue Mountains
- Central Coast
- Central Southern
- Eastern Metropolitan
- Far North Coast
- Far South Western
- Far Southern Metropolitan
- Far Western Metropolitan
- Hunter Valley
- Lower North Coast
- Monaro and Far South Coast
- New England
- North Coast
- North West
- Northern Beaches
- Northern Metropolitan
- South Western
- Southern Metropolitan
- Western Metropolitan