Corporate Governance

Governance Standards

RSL NSW is committed to strong and ethical governance in accordance with the ACNC’s Governance Standards. Further, and where applicable, RSL NSW follows the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ (AICD) Not-for-Profit Governance Principles and the Governance Institute of Australia’s (GIA) Good Governance Guides.



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.

Read the RSL NSW Act.


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 current constitution of RSL NSW was approved by delegates at the AGM on 29 October 2019. It came into effect on 1 December 2019. 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details about the operations are set out in Standard Operating Procedures, which replaced the By-Laws and Regulations repealed when the Constitution came into effect on 1 December 2019.

Read the RSL NSW constitution.


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.

Read the SOPs here.


Board of Directors

Find out more about the role of the Board as well as the current Directors.


Board Charter

The Board Charter sets out the role, structure and responsibilities of the Board. It also describes how the Board operates. Read the Board Charter.

The Board delegates certain responsibilities to committees, each governed by its own charter. These are:

  • Audit & Risk Committee
  • Congress Agenda Committee
  • Governance Review Committee
  • Nominations & Performance Committee
  • Selections Committee
  • Veteran Services & Policy Committee

To contact any of the committees, please email or telephone the Support Unit at or 1300 679 775 and mark for attention of the relevant committee.

Audit & Risk Committee (ARC)

The ARC assists the Board with:

  • internal auditing, external reporting, and audits of RSL NSW financial statements;
  • risk management, insurance, and WHS obligations;
  • investment management and performance; and
  • the conduct of any legal proceedings.

Read the Audit and Risk Committee charter.



  • Mr P Bridie (Chair)
  • Mr D Bell
  • Mr P Chin
  • Mr R James (ex-officio)
  • Mr V Guevara (independent member)
  • Mr M Moore (independent member)
  • Mr J Hutcheson (alternate to Mr P Bridie)


Congress Agenda Committee (CAC)

The CAC assists the Board in considering agenda items, including motions from the Board, the District Presidents’ Council, District Councils and sub-Branches, for consideration at each year’s AGM.

Read the Congress Agenda Committee charter.



  • Mr R James (Chair)
  • Mr P Bridie
  • Mr P Chin
  • Ms S Ray
  • Mr J Tuckfield
  • Mr J O’Brien (State Secretary, RSL NSW)
  • Ms L Meyer (General Counsel, RSL NSW)
Governance Review Committee (GRC)

The GRC assists the Board in reviewing the governance processes of RSL NSW in order to benchmark the organisation against current best practice and to make recommendations to the Board about potential areas for improvement.

Read the Governance Review Committee charter.



  • Ms S Ray (Chair)
  • Mr D Bell
  • Mr R James (ex-officio)
  • Mr J Tuckfield
Nominations & Performance Committee (NPC)

The NPC assists the Board in:

  • assessing nominees for appointment as Independent Directors or to fill casual vacancies;
  • managing board development and training;
  • overseeing succession planning for the role of the CEO and senior executives; and
  • determining the remuneration and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of both the CEO and direct reports to the CEO.

Read the Nominations, Remuneration and Performance Committee Charter.



  • Mr D Bell (Chair)
  • Mr J Hutcheson
  • Ms S Lambkin
  • Ms S Ray
Selections Committee

The Selections Committee assists the Board in considering nominations for the following awards:

  • Meritorious Service Medal for Life Members;
  • Life membership for Service and Auxiliary Members;
  • Certificate of Merit and Gold Badge for non-Service Members; and
  • ANZAC of the Year.

Read the Selections Committee charter.



  • Ms S Lambkin (chair)
  • Mr R James (ex-officio) (Does not participate in the committee while he is Acting President)
  • Mr A Barnes (independent member)
  • Mr D Edmond (independent member)
Veteran Services & Policy Committee (VSPC)

The Veteran Services & Policy Committee assists the Board in monitoring and making recommendations about services for veterans and their families and to develop and review public policy positions and proposals.

The committee also reviews and monitors resolutions arising from Congress, to ensure they are actioned.

Read the Veteran Services and Policy Committee charter.



  • Mr J Tuckfield (chair)
  • Mr P Bridie
  • Mr R James (ex-officio)
  • Ms S Lambkin
  • Ms D Gaudry (independent member)
  • Mr B Pollard (independent member)