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State Secretary Newsletter – 15 May 2019

Dear Members,


Veterans’ Policy Debate

RSL NSW hosted a debate on veterans’ policy between the Minister and Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester and Amanda Rishworth, on Monday 13 May. Questions were taken from RSL members and other stakeholders by email and in person. The debate was recorded and can be viewed on our Facebook page or by clicking here.


Compliance Training

Details of governance training for sub-Branch executives will be finalised soon. In line with frequent requests from members, all sub-Branch Presidents, Vice Presidents, Treasurers, Honorary Secretaries and Trustees will be offered training in the governance and legal duties accompanying their positions on the sub-Branch executive. I expect to have firm details for you by next week.


Service Member Listing

We recently sent each sub-Branch a list of their Service Members’ details to check accuracy for the transition to one member-one vote for the election of Directors starting in 2020. While the vast majority of this data is accurate, we are asking that Honorary Secretaries assist us to iron out minor inconsistencies (for example, converting initials to full names, and formatting addresses correctly).

Please note that, in accordance with the RSL NSW Act 2018, Director elections must move to one member-one vote, however, representation at Congress will continue on a one sub-Branch-one vote basis. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of sub-Branch Honorary Secretaries in this endeavour.


Sub-Branch Annual Returns

Letters will soon be sent to those sub-Branches that have yet to submit their SBA’s as per Clause 37. If for any reason a sub-Branch has not submitted its SBA, a committee member needs to contact the Support Unit immediately at or on 1300 679 775. If you filed your annual return in the last week, there is no requirement to contact Support.


District Council Representatives’ Forum

The seven District Council representatives elected by the forum of all District Councils last month reconvened at ANZAC House last Friday 10 May to begin discussions. The smaller group was formed as a body that could convene frequently to consult on the Constitutional review process on behalf of members, and will play a major role in shaping the new document. I will continue to update you as their work progresses.


VITA Professional Indemnity Insurance for Volunteers

Sub-Branch Pension and Welfare Officers will be aware that, as of 30 June 2019, those trained to Level 1 or Level 2 under TIP who have not transitioned to ATDP will no longer be covered by professional indemnity insurance through VITA. However, this deadline has been extended to 30 June 2020 for those who can demonstrate they are working towards their ATDP accreditation through the Recognition of Prior Learning process, or who have been nominated by their sub-Branch to undertake ATDP and have enrolled online through this form.

You can find the full communication from VITA explaining this extension here or contact the Program Support Officer for NSW, Karolyn Traise, at or on 08 8290 0279 for more information.


Jeff O’Brien

State Secretary

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