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RSL LifeCare & RSL DefenceCare

The partner charities of RSL NSW, RSL LifeCare and RSL DefenceCare, specialise in supporting veterans and their families with various services that focus on providing a lifetime of wellbeing.

RSL NSW sub-branches donated over $2.1 million to these charities this year to ensure that veterans and their families have access to the essential services and support they need.

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 LifeCare Veteran Services include:

Read this brochure about RSL LifeCare Veteran Services

RSL DefenceCare, a RSL LifeCare service, provides essential services for veterans and their families experiencing injuries, illness or a crisis.

Department of Veterans Affairs claims and appeals

One of the most important services RSL DefenceCare offers is access to Specialist Claim Advisors for Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) claims and appeals.

Like all the services on offer, this is free and gives veterans and their families access to advocates who will navigate the often-complex DVA processes. These advisors can liaise with the DVA on your behalf, collate evidence, complete applications and give you advice.

Read this article about how RSL DefenceCare’s Claims Advisors and Advocates can help you.

How to access face-to-face services

To book an appointment, Phone (02) 8088 0388 or email


  • Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre (1/19 Nowra Lane, Nowra 2541)
  • Merewether-Adamstown-Hamilton sub-Branch (service delivered fortnightly at Souths Merewether 46 Llewellyn St, Merewether NSW 2291)
  • ANZAC House in Sydney CBD – Every Monday
  • Holsworthy Barracks – Every Tuesday
  • HMAS Kuttabul – Every Tuesday
  • RAAF Base Richmond – Every Thursday
  • Lone Pine Barracks Singleton – Every second Thursday
  • RAAF Base Williamtown – Every Tuesday

Face-to-face services and COVID

While RSL DefenceCare is committed to providing face-to-face services whenever possible, the health and safety of veterans and staff is paramount and current restrictions in New South Wales may impact the availability of face-to-face appointments.

However, DVA Claims Advisors and Advocates remain fully available via phone and video conference, so no matter what the restrictions are or where you are in the state, they can provide the same professional service.

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