State Secretary Newsletter – 10 July 2019
District Council Consultation
Representatives from most of the 23 District Councils will be attending a second forum at ANZAC House next Tuesday, 16 July. This will be the day after the period for feedback on the draft constitution closes. Attendees will be discussing views on the draft constitution from sub-Branches and members around the state. Also on the agenda will be a proposed strategic plan for RSL NSW and follow-up items from the first forum in April.
The sub-committee of seven of these representatives elected by their peers at the first forum (the DC7) met today at ANZAC House to plan next steps and discuss timeframes for the constitution redrafting process.
Constitution Feedback Online
Any remaining feedback on the draft constitution should now be making its way to District Councils, who are collating all feedback in their areas. There is still an opportunity to have your say before the period for input on the current draft closes this Monday, 15 July. District Council contact details are available on the RSL NSW website (click here), as can the draft constitution itself (click here).
Feedback already received is being uploaded each week to the website for all members to see. It has been organised by section of the draft to make it easy to compare views and identify themes in the comments. I encourage you to view it here. After the District Council forum, ANZAC House staff will take time to respond to the feedback and questions received, and these responses will be published on our website.
Support and Assistance Fund for Congress
We have received a significant number of applications for financial assistance from the Support & Assistance Fund for sub-Branches to attend congress this year. Please be aware that to be eligible for financial assistance, your sub-Branch must have submitted their 2018 SBA and their budget for 2019. All applications should include a detailed breakdown of estimated costs.
Members will be aware that Thursday, 15 August is VP Day and Sunday, 18 August is Vietnam Veterans’ Day, marking the Battle of Long Tan. Each will be marked by an 11am service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place.
Metro sub-Branches will already have received invitations to their official email addresses to attend these events. If any members are in the city on these days, please feel welcome to attend and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Productivity Commission Report on Veterans’ Compensation and Rehabilitation
Last week the government released the final report of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the overall system for the delivery of veterans’ welfare. You can read the report here. The draft version of the report was published in December 2018 and RSL NSW has since given testimony at a public hearing. We are currently considering the report’s 69 recommendations along with the 12 recommendations of the independent scoping study released earlier this year, and will make a statement in the near future.
In order to focus on his current duties as Acting President, Ray James has resigned his positions as President of Ingleburn sub-Branch and Senior Vice President of Far South Western District Council.
The board hopes to call a state-wide election for the position for President as early as possible next year once RSL NSW membership records and processes have been completed to enable a ‘one member, one vote’ election as required by the RSL NSW Act 2018. Members will be given an update at the next RSL NSW State Congress to be held in Albury in October.