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State Secretary Newsletter – 3 October 2018

2018 Constitutional Consultation Sessions

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

RSL NSW President James Brown and team members from ANZAC House met with members in Wollongong and Nowra yesterday and Moruya today.

Sydney metropolitan sessions are scheduled at the new ANZAC House. The first sessions will be on Wednesday 10 and 17 October. There will be two sessions scheduled on both days at 10am and 5pm.

To attend a session at ANZAC House please email to register your attendance.

The President will make every effort to be in attendance for these sessions.

More dates for metro sessions will be released as soon as they are available. These will be after the Invictus Games.

You can follow the 2018 constitutional consultation sessions blog as the ANZAC House team travel around the state meeting with members by clicking HERE. This page will be updated regularly, as photos come in from the team as they travel from town to town.

Sub-Branches that wish to share these photos on their official RSL sub-Branch social media channels may also download images from a shared Dropbox folder. Please click HERE to access this folder. You may also use the following link to access this folder:


Extraordinary Congress 2018 registration

For information and action by sub-Branch members and District Council Honorary Secretaries

A reminder that registration for Extraordinary Congress 2018 will close on Thursday 4 October 2018.

Please note: Only financial service members and sub-Branches that have submitted their 2017 SBAs are eligible to register. Registration will take place online via the RSL NSW website. Instructions on how to register can be found HERE. Please read these instructions prior to registering.


2019 sub-Branch Budget Information

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

Budget process information and forms will be sent to sub-Branches next week on Wednesday, 10 October as part of the State Secretary newsletter.


RSL NSW Fundraising for Remembrance Day 2018

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

As you know RSL NSW has been working hard to resolve the fundraising issues for some time. Fundraising is complex and highly technical and the proposed constitutional changes will help with the repair of fundraising in RSL NSW.

In the meantime, we have a temporary solution for sub-Branches to participate through fundraising for the Poppy Appeal for the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day. Using RSL Welfare and Benevolent Institution’s (RSL WBI) fundraising authority, sub-Branches and Auxiliaries will be able to participate in the Poppy Appeal.

Information about how sub-Branches can participate in fundraising for the 2018 Poppy Appeal is being prepared by ANZAC House and will be available on the RSL NSW website HERE. An expression of interest form for sub-Branches and Auxiliaries interested in participating can be found HERE. Expressions of interest can be made now.

Sub-Branches and Auxiliaries participating in the 2018 Poppy Appeal can only use tokens that are issued by RSL WBI. Tokens or merchandise purchased from any other source such as the military shop cannot be sold or given out as part of the Appeal.

Please note this is a one-off fundraising event for the 2018 Poppy Appeal. RSL NSW sub-Branches are still unable to fundraise outside of this event.


RSL DefenceCare

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

RSL DefenceCare is now able to accept donations from sub-Branches, Auxiliaries, individuals and other organisations. Donations can be accepted via the website HERE or as follows:

  • By direct deposit to: RSL WBI Fundraising Account – BSB: 062 124, Account number: 11226906. Please send an email to with the donation amount and contact details (name, email and telephone number) of the donor; or
  • By sending a cheque made out to RSL WBI Fundraising Account mailed to ANZAC House, Level 5, 341 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000.


BEST Grants

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

The next BEST grant round is expected to open in March 2019 and close in April 2019.

When the round opens, the Grant Opportunity Guidelines and information about how to apply will be available on the Australian Government website Community Grants Hub.

To receive an email when grants are open for applications, go to the Community Grants Hub and select the ‘subscribe for updates’ button on the home page.

New Grant Procedures will be available for all grant applications by the end of 2018 and will apply from January 2019 (including for BEST grant applications). The new procedures are being developed to ensure our governance is correct and as a result of errors recently detected in some grant applications. The main areas needing change are the legal entity that applies for grants and the accounting and acquitting of grant monies once they are spent. These new procedures will work in conjunction with external grant applications and are not instead of the applications. More information will be available for sub-Branches as soon as it is available.


2019 Diaries

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

The order form for diaries is being prepared and will be available in the secure zone of the website on Friday, 5 October. I can confirm there will be no price increase. Each diary will cost $5.50.


Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Education Project

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members
In last week’s RSL NSW Invictus newsletter update, we advised interested sub-Branches how to get involved in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Education Project. If you missed this information, please click HERE for background information on the project and how to get involved.

This generous support is helping make a real difference for the parents of many children from around the state. We have had teachers talk to us about how hard it can be for many parents to afford this type of school trip.

There are still 4 schools that need help and have approached RSL NSW seeking support. Please note, schools will happily accept any amount that a sub-Branch or member is able to contribute to the total amount requested.

  • York Public School in the Far Western Metropolitan District – Reduce the cost for 40 children with donations up to a maximum of $2K Bus and up to a maximum of $1K for ticket cost
  • Walters Road Public School in the Far Western Metropolitan District – $600 – $700 to reduce excursion cost
  • St Johns Park High School in the Far Western Metropolitan District – $500 – $1K to reduce excursion cost
  • Mount Ousley Public School in the Central Southern District – Reduce cost of tickets for 30 children at $40. They are looking for any amount up to a maximum of $1,200 for this.

Thank you to the following sub-Branches who have been able to help fulfill requests received from schools:

  • Forestville sub-Branch is funding the bus for Peats Ridge school to bring 16 children to the Games
  • Cumberland sub-Branch and Granville sub-Branch are supporting Granville South and helping reduce the cost of the excursion
  • City of Fairfield sub-Branch is helping Fairfield High School with funding for the bus trip to Sydney
  • Seven Hills / Toongabbie / Wentworthville sub-Branch is helping Toongabbie Public School
  • Doyalson-Wyee sub-Branch is helping to cover the cost of transporting yr11 Terrigal High School students to the Games so that they can learn more about adaptive sports and rehabilitation.
  • Kiama-Jamberoo sub-Branch: A member of the sub-Branch will attend Kiama High School to help teach students about service.
  • Northern Metropolitan District Council team is coordinating a veteran visit to Rydalmere East Public School for a Remembrance Day school assembly service.
  • Southern Metropolitan District Council, Lakemba and Panania sub-Branches are in discussion about helping three other schools in their area.


RSL NSW sub-Branch email addresses

For information and circulation to sub-Branch members

Members and sub-Branches are still able to retain and use existing email addresses however official communication from State Branch to sub-Branches will be via the RSL NSW provided email address. Where possible it is recommended that your communications to State Branch also come from this email address. This allows your email to be easily identified and handled by the support team.


Jeff O’Brien

State Secretary

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