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State Secretary Newsletter – 8 May 2019

Dear Members,


Apologies for missing the newsletter last week. The feedback we’ve received over the past fortnight tells us that ANZAC Day was a great success across the state. Thank you to all of you who volunteered to organise and run commemorations and fundraising efforts. Remember to send photos from the day for the next Reveille Sub-Branch News. You can see photos of commemorations in Sydney by clicking here.


Veterans’ Policy Debate

RSL NSW will be hosting a debate on veterans’ policy between Darren Chester and Amanda Rishworth, the Minister and Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, on Monday, 13 May at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park South. It will be an opportunity to hear directly from the major political parties on what they plan to do for veterans and their families, and allow the candidates to answer questions from the veterans’ community. You can register your interest to attend by emailing or calling 1300 679 775 by close of business tomorrow (Thursday, 9 May).


Daphne Dunne

A memorial service for Daphne Dunne, an RSL Auxiliaries member of 60 years and advocate for women in the ADF, will be held at St James’ Church in the Sydney CBD at 10.30 am on Friday, 17 May.


Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Ceremony

The 13th annual Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Ceremony will be held around the Pool of Reflection at the Anzac Memorial at 10:40 am on Friday, 31 May 2019. It is one of several being held across Australia in recognition of the service and sacrifice of Indigenous veterans.


Corps of Guards

Members should be aware that the RSL Corps of Guards program has been wound up as the Anzac Memorial will be managing its own volunteer program. I would like to thank the Corps of Guards volunteers who have supported commemorative events at the Memorial for so many years, as well as all sub-Branches that have donated to the program in the past.


Website Secure Zone

You may have noticed most of the content of the RSL NSW website’s secure zone has been moved within a new section. This section will shortly be removed from the secure zone to make it freely available to members – the first step of efforts over coming months to significantly streamline and simplify the website.


By-Law 9

Members should be aware that the Board recently approved an amendment to By-Law 9 to formally shift the reporting period for ANZAC House to a financial year. District Councils and sub-Branches will continue to operate to a calendar year. The new By-Law is available on our website here (see pages 55-57).


ACNC Responsible Persons Records

Thank you to all sub-Branches who have responded to our request for details of current trustees and executives to allow us to send a consolidated list to the ACNC on your behalf. We are finalising the list and it will be submitted to the ACNC shortly.

All sub-Branch trustees and executives should be aware that, under the ACNC Act, you are legally responsible for ensuring that the details of your sub-Branch are accurate and up to date on the ACNC website. Administrative penalties may apply for not doing so. You can search for your sub-Branch online by clicking here – responsible persons can be found under the ‘People’ tab of your sub-Branch’s record. If you need help updating your records, please contact the Support Unit.


ATO Deed of Agreement

Your sub-Branch may have received a letter from the ATO regarding the Deed of Agreement. The ATO has formed the view that, as the ACNC is now responsible for regulating charitable status, the deed is no longer operative and thus will cease to have effect. No further action is required by sub-Branches, however, the letter provides contact details for those wanting more information.


Additional Reminders

As has been communicated previously, the annual State Congress for 2019 will be held on 27-30 October, rather than May as was initially planned. Those sub-Branches that have not completed their SBA need to do so as soon as possible to be cleared in order to vote at Congress.

Your District Councils now have the compliance reports for each sub-Branch in their District, which will be a starting point for discussion on the best way to ensure our charitable compliance. If any sub-Branch has not already done so, the office holders should now contact their District Council regarding the reports.


New Directors

Last month, the President announced that Phillip Bridie and John Hutcheson would be joining the Board to fill two existing casual vacancies. He has asked me to issue a correction regarding these vacancies and appointments. In particular, the vacancies being filled by Messrs Bridie and Hutcheson are not specifically those created by the resignations of Scott Seccombe and Mick Bainbridge.

Immediately prior to these new appointments, the Board comprised six Directors (existing State Councillors). With the imminent appointment of two independent directors, this leaves capacity to fill two vacancies in light of the RSL NSW Act 2018 provision that the Board have not more than ten directors. As only two vacancies exist to be filled, rather than arbitrarily determine from which district the vacancies would be filled, the Board called for nominations from all eligible members and has made appointments to fill the vacancies from across the League generally.


Jeff O’Brien

State Secretary

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