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State Secretary Newsletter – 15 June 2018

Consultation on RSL NSW Constitution Review – expressions of interest

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

Expressions of interest are sought from up to 10 RSL NSW members who would like to have input into the development of the new RSL NSW constitution. If you would like to participate in the consultation process, please register your interest by emailing Leanne Meyer on before 27 June 2018.

A consultation panel will then be selected from interested members. An initial meeting will take place at ANZAC House (with telephone conference facilities for remote participants) in the first week of July (date to be advised).

Following this, the consultation panel will be required to review and provide comments on various drafts of the proposed constitution.

Members interested in being part of the consultation panel must be available to work within tight time frames particularly throughout July. Members with legal or financial expertise or experience working in a member organisation in the charitable sector are encouraged to apply.


2018 Membership Fee

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

At Congress 2018 delegates voted for the annual 2018 subscription to be reduced to $30. This means 28,000 people will receive a $5 refund via their sub-Branch.

State Branch is working on a process and timeline to refund this money to sub-Branches.

Refund information will be advised in due course.


Invictus member ticket offer

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

On Friday 26 October Invictus is inviting RSL members to watch the athletics final at the Games.

500 tickets have been held in reserve for RSL NSW to purchase at a discounted price to watch the final of the athletics.

Tickets are for the third session of the athletics on Friday 26 October at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre from 5:00pm – 9:00pm approximately.

To purchase tickets please click on the following link: and enter the code (RSL2018) in the box above the Get Tickets box – then click the Get Tickets box.

Tickets are $25 for adults.

These tickets will be held until the 30 June 2018 on a first come basis.


Invictus fly the flag offer

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

Sub-Branches are invited to purchase Invictus Games Sydney 2018 flag pole flags to show their support for the Games. Please see the attached flyer for more info.

To place an order email by Friday 29 June.


Congress 2018

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

ANZAC House has loaded Congress presentation documents, videos and photographs onto the website. These are housed in the secure zone under the heading Congress 2018 or via this link.

The following items are available:

  • A selection of photographs
  • State Treasurer’s presentation and video
  • SVA’s strategic workshop presentation slides and voting results
  • AGM motions and voting results
  • James Brown’s presentation video and slides
  • Dr Brendan Nelson’s presentation video
  • David Locke’s ACNC presentation slides

ANZAC House will continue to source speaker presentations and speaker approval to share more material with members. These will be loaded onto the website when available.


Veteran’s Advocacy and Support Services Scoping Study

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

The Veterans’ Advocacy and Support Services Scoping Study is an independent study commissioned by DVA. It will investigate how veterans and their families are assisted to access DVA entitlements and services.

The study is looking for people to share their experiences and ideas for improving services for veterans and their families. This includes being part of shaping the future of veterans’ advocacy.

The study wants to hear from:

  • people who’ve looked for help with accessing entitlements and services from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • veterans’ advocates and pension and welfare officers with ex-service organisations
  • lawyers and health or other professionals who work with veterans, and
  • anyone with an interest in veterans’ issues.

Attend a meeting 

Meetings are being held in Canberra on Monday, 18 June and Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Make a submission

Submissions are being accepted until 31 July 2018. There is a discussion paper and questionnaires to assist you in preparing a submission.

To attend the meeting or make a submission please see:


Veterans’ Health Week Applications

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

Applications for event funding and registrations close on 29 June 2018.

Veterans’ Health Week (VHW) celebrates the ongoing efforts made to improve the health and wellbeing of the veteran and broader veteran community. Veterans, current and former members of the Australian Defence Force, their families, friends and carers, reservists and widows/widowers are invited to participate.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) partners with ex-service and other community organisations to provide limited funding for VHW events that support the annual theme. This year’s VHW theme is Nutrition. VHW dates are 22- 30 September 2018.

DVA wants to hear from anyone interested in organising or attending a VHW event. DVA can provide information to assist submissions for funding. Funding applications can be submitted for single or multiple events that support the annual theme. Events can also be organised where funding is not required.

For further advice, information or to discuss plans for 2018 VHW, please contact the NSW/ACT Community Support Team:

The application form and further information about VHW is available on the DVA VHW website or and enter ‘VHW’ in the search window.

Please note, the VHW funding form and documents have been revised, so please read them even if you have been involved with VHW in the past.


Jeff O’Brien

State Secretary

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