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Who We Are And What We Do

RSL NSW is a member-based charity with a network of over 340 sub-Branches and chapters across the State. Our sub-Branches are operated by veteran volunteers from all conflicts and stand ready to support their mates.

Veterans and their families can connect with the their ADF community by contacting or joining their local sub-Branch to access the services and support that they need together with camaraderie, mateship, and recreational activities.

RSL  NSW and its sub-Branches coordinate commemorations, such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, and welcome new members and volunteers to assist with coordinating events to remember our veterans’ service and sacrifice for our country.

RSL NSW and its sub-Branches do not own or operate clubs or benefit from the proceeds of the sale of alcohol or gambling. RSL NSW sub-Branches work closely with clubs in their communities to support veterans.

Our Vision

By 2026 every veteran in NSW knows what the RSL stands for, what it does, and wants to be involved as a member.

Our Motto

One RSL—working together, delivering locally.

Commemoration

RSL NSW and sub-Branches organise and deliver the major commemorative events across New South Wales to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian service men and women. The most well-known of these take place on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, and are complemented by commemorations throughout the year to remember particular segments of those who have served.

Through these commemorative activities, we remember and respect those who have served and sacrificed for Australia.

Camaraderie

For more than 100 years the Returned and Services League has provided a continuation of the unique camaraderie and mateship that people find during service in the Australian Defence Force. Through our network of more than 340 sub-Branches and chapters we bring together over 27,000 members who have served from a variety of backgrounds and contexts in a spirit of friendship and cooperation.

This mateship among ex-Defence personnel is at the heart of what RSL NSW is and is highly valued by our members and the veteran community.

Support

Meeting the needs of veterans and their families has been central to the RSL’s mission since its inception. Today we provide support through our network of sub-Branches, as well as through our partner charities, RSL LifeCare which includes RSL DefenceCare.

Sub-Branches

As the local presence of services and support in New South Wales communities, sub-Branches exist to be of service to veterans and their families. In addition to the face-to-face support and mateship they can offer, sub-Branches can inform and connect veterans and families to the range services available to them.

Find your local sub-Branch and find out more about becoming a member.

RSL LifeCare and RSL DefenceCare help:

  • Veterans
  • Current serving ADF members
  • ADF members transitioning from service-to-civilian life
  • Family members, partners and spouses of veterans

RSL DefenceCare’s claims and advocacy team assists veterans and their families to navigate the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) compensation and rehabilitation services.

They work with veterans to compile evidence and submit claims and also support them by leading all interactions with the DVA, to ensure that every claimant receives all of the entitlements that they are legally entitled to. They also represent veterans whose claims have been unsuccessful in appeals at the Veterans’ Review Board.

RSL DefenceCare also offers homelessness support, accommodation and financial assistance, help with transport and getting around, and other community support.

RSL LifeCare’s Services include the RSL Employment Program, SPUR Equine Program which is designed by veterans for veterans, home care, the Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre, homecare, retirement villages and aged care facilities.

Advocacy

RSL NSW stands for the interests of veterans and their families, advocating on their behalf with government to maximise veteran wellness, support and suicide prevention.

RSL NSW has established a Royal Commission Office to support all veterans throughout the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.