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Corporate Governance

Governance Standards

RSL NSW is committed to strong and ethical governance in accordance with the ACNC’s Governance Standards.

The RSL NSW Board

The strategy, performance, corporate governance and risk appetite of RSL NSW are the responsibility, and are managed under the direction of, the Board of Directors of RSL NSW.

The Board comprises a maximum of ten non-executive Directors of which at least one but not more than two must be Independent Directors appointed by the Board (Independent Directors) and the remainder of which are to be elected by Service Members in accordance with the RSL NSW Constitution (Elected Directors).

Governance and Accountability Review

The current Board of RSL NSW has undertaken a detailed review as regards the duties, obligations, and role of the RSL NSW Board and its members. This review included advice  provided by Clayton Utz lawyers.

The advice confirmed the risk to the RSL NSW Board of being held accountable for actions of sub-Branches – including breaches of the RSL NSW Constitution. It highlighted the Board’s obligations to monitor and investigate sub-Branches and also to take steps remedy sub-Branch breaches of their legal obligations.

The advice will be used by RSL NSW to continue to improve governance a Anzac House and across the League.  It will provide the foundations of RSL NSW’s assurance and compliance program. This program is currently under development and will assist all sub-Branches to meet their obligations as registered charities holding charters under the RSL NSW Constitution.

RSL NSW Act

The RSL NSW Act 2018 is an act of the Parliament of New South Wales under which RSL NSW is constituted as a statutory corporation. The Act is the foundational governing legislation of RSL NSW that sets out the legal framework to which the RSL NSW Constitution gives operational effect.

RSL NSW also operates in an environment governed by the following legislation:

  • ACNC Act 2013 (Commonwealth)
  • Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 (NSW)
  • Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Commonwealth)

RSL NSW Constitution

RSL NSW’s governing document is the RSL NSW constitution, which is supported by a suite of standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The constitution operates in conjunction with the RSL NSW Act. The constitution sets out the governance framework within which the RSL NSW operates. Further specific details about the operations are set out in Standard Operating Procedures, which replaced the By-Laws and Regulations repealed repealed in 2019 following the adoption of a revised Constitution at the 2019 Congress in Albury.

Standard Operating Procedures

Everyday procedures encountered in the running of the District Presidents’ Council, District Councils and sub-Branches are covered by a suite of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

These form a practical guide to the activities of a sub-Branch, District Council or the District Presidents’ Council — prescriptive where necessary but flexible where possible to reflect the many and varied ways that sub-Branches and District Councils operates within different communities.