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State Secretary Newsletter – 8 August 2019

Dear Members,

Constitution Corner

As discussed last week, I will use this section of the newsletter to address issues related to the draft constitution. I hope that members find this information helpful. Please feel free to contact ANZAC House if you think there is an issue that needs more clarity and we will try our best to address it.

For a frank assessment of the constitution consultation process so far, members can click here to see a video interview with Paul Naylor, President of Narooma sub-Branch and Monaro and Far South Coast District Council (a transcript is included for those members without reliable internet access). We have released several such videos recently to let all members see inside the consultation meetings at ANZAC House. These videos put a spotlight on the lengths to which your District Councils are going to make sure your voices are heard, and the passion they are bringing to this process.

One issue that has been raised by members in various forums has been the ability of the membership to remove the Board of RSL NSW. Under both the RSL NSW Act and the proposed new constitution, all but the independent directors on the board are elected in the first instance by service members. There are mechanisms within both documents to allow members to remove the board, including through additional powers for District Councils to call an extraordinary congress. Through their sub-Branch delegates, members will also retain the ability to make amendments to the constitution. I hope this provides some clarity on this important point.



The DC7 sub-committee elected by your District Council representatives are continuing their work drafting the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which are set to replace the existing By-Laws and regulations. Importantly, the SOPs will not be rigid, step-by-step instructions. Rather, they will allow the flexibility needed to accommodate the full diversity of our sub-Branches. They will be a practical guide to help executives run a sub-Branch. I will keep you posted as they near completion.


Charitable Fundraising Guidelines

NSW Fair Trading has recently published updated charitable fundraising guidelines to explain the requirements and obligations of fundraisers in NSW. The guidelines are intended to explain the charitable fundraising legislative requirements and make them easier to understand. They offer guidance on what is considered to be a ‘charitable purpose’ for the purpose of fundraising and record keeping and reporting. You can access the guidelines by clicking here.


Strategic Plan

A reminder that a presentation on the strategic plan for RSL NSW is now available on the Constitution 2019 page of the RSL NSW website (click here). Please note that this is not the strategic plan itself but rather a presentation outlining the thinking behind a future plan. The plan itself will be a single page document.

As with the draft constitution, please send all feedback to your District Councils in the first instance – they will compile feedback from across their districts and send it to us.


VP Day and Vietnam Veterans Day

Thursday, 15 August is Victory in the Pacific Day, marking the anniversary of the cessation of Second World War hostilities in the Pacific. The following Sunday, 18 August is Vietnam Veterans’ Day, marking the Battle of Long Tan. Each will be marked by an 11am service and wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Martin Place. All are welcome to attend.


ADF Commemoration

Sub-Branches wishing to have ADF support for commemorations in 2020 should be aware that requests for ANZAC Day 2020 must be made no later than 20 September 2019. To make a request, fill in the form (available by clicking here) and email it to


Jeff O’Brien
State Secretary

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