State Secretary Newsletter – 20 June 2019
Yesterday all sub-Branches will have received the new draft constitution via email, along with a link to a range of supporting material available on the RSL NSW website. Sub-Branches that have informed us they have trouble printing should be receiving a hard copy by post shortly. The document was sent to all District Councils last Wednesday 12 June to give them time to familiarise themselves with its contents. Your District Council will be your guide to the constitution and your best point of contact for all questions and feedback through this process.
Between now and 15 July, you will have the opportunity to provide feedback on this first draft. This feedback will shape the final draft that is presented to members in late August and voted on at the October congress in Albury.
I ask that you direct all comments and questions through your District Council. This helps us to process a high volume of feedback and ensure nothing gets missed.
You may have seen a range of announcements and media coverage in the past week informing sub-Branches that they may now approach NSW Fair Trading in their own right to apply for a charitable fundraising authority (CFA). With the proper authority, they will once again be able to conduct normal fundraising activities.
Last week Robyn Collins, the RSL NSW CEO, sent an email letter to all members registered to receive official email communications, which is now available in the Members’ Suite section of the RSL NSW website (click here). This letter offered high-level guidance to sub-Branches considering applying for a CFA, including that:
- the ANZAC and Poppy Appeals will not be affected in any way as they do not require sub-Branches to hold an authority. These appeals are run under a trader agreement between RSL NSW and RSL WBI whereby the sub-Branch raises funds on behalf of RSL WBI, remits all funds raised to RSL WBI so they can be accounted for under the law, and receives back a commission and reimbursement of expenses totalling 40% of the funds raised.
- if a sub-Branch does not anticipate receiving more than $15,000 gross in any financial year they are likely to be exempt from the requirement to hold a CFA. As always, however, the sub-Branch will still need to fully comply with all fundraising legislation.
Auxiliaries will also be able to resume normal fundraising activities under their sub-Branch’s CFA.
It is important that all sub-Branches first determine whether they need to apply for a CFA before resuming fundraising. If your sub-Branch is applying for a CFA and requires a copy of the existing constitution, please click here or contact the Support Unit at email@example.com or 1300 679 775.
NSW Fair Trading are the experts and ultimate authority on fundraising laws and regulations, not ANZAC House. NSW Fair Trading should therefore be your main source of information regarding your obligations under the law. They can be contacted online (click here) or on 13 32 20. Further high-level information is available from Justice Connect/Not-for-profit Law, a charity providing legal help to community organisations which is also running the ongoing governance training program for sub-Branch executives (online by clicking here or on 1300 637 529).
At a special general meeting of RSL National last week, Greg Melick AO RFD SC was elected National President. Mr Melick is the Chief Commissioner of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission and a part time Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. John King, RSL ACT President, was elected Deputy National President.
2018 AGM Motions
RSL NSW has recently received responses to several policy motions carried by delegates to our May 2018 congress Albury. All such responses are now available in the Members’ Suite on the RSL NSW website (click here).
Anzac Memorial Volunteers
The Anzac Memorial in Sydney is now recruiting for volunteer ambassadors to welcome visitors and assist the administrative and guide staff. Former members of the Corps of Guards in particular are encouraged to apply at the NSW government volunteering website (click here).
The Prince’s Trust Australia is holding an Enterprise for Veterans boot camp in Sydney from 8-11 July 2019, with approximately ten spaces left available. The program seeks to develop entrepreneurial skills and may be of interest to those in need of guidance to kickstart a business idea. It is open to veterans, including those currently transitioning out of defence, as well as family members of current and former serving defence personnel.
You can apply online by clicking here, or for more information please contact the Prince’s Trust Australia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 8672 9132.
Warrior Games 2019
A team of 23 current and former serving competitors have arrived in Tampa Bay, Florida as one of five international teams invited to compete in this year’s Warrior Games. The games begin this Friday, 21 June and will take place over ten days.
Veteran Sport Australia (VSA) is working closely with the Australian Defence Force supporting Team Australia to participate. VSA will be covering the games and capturing behind-the-scenes footage. You can follow the team on Facebook (click here) and sign up to receive VSA updates by email (click here).