About The Returned and Services League
The Returned and Services League of Australia, New South Wales Branch, was formed in 1917. Its present mission statement reads that it will
"Provide for the well being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-serving Defence Force Personnel and thier dependants and promote Government and Community awareness of the need for a stable and progressive Australia."
Sevicewomen Are Mothers Too
In recent years, servicewomen with dependent children have for the first time deployed into conflict zones, in support of Australian Defence Force operations.
The Department of Veterans' Affairs has funded the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide, to conduct the Mothers in the MEAO Study.
Corporal Anita Sikand was the medic deployed with a 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Task Group platoon in Tarin Kot city, Uruzgan province, Feb 17 2013.
Securing Our Veterans’ Future
Are you a younger veteran or the spouse of a younger veteran looking for work? Secure work within the registered clubs industry in NSW, whether it is in management, catering or hospitality. This is an important and timely program that will help younger veterans move more easily back into civilian life. Please SHARE this opportunity with anyone who may be interested. DefenceCare is a supporter of this program.
1919 to 2013 Do Veterans' Aims Really Differ that Much from Generation to Generation?
Find out what was on the mind's of Veterans' following the First World War. Click here to read Minutes of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch Meetings from 1919 to 1929!
Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust
If you know someone in the Defence community who is struggling to meet financial commitments as a result of incapacity, death or disability, we may be able to help.
Australian Army History 1939 - Formation of the Second AIF
At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 Australia's Army was predominantly a part-time force that was limited by the Defence Act to service in Australian territory. In order to support Britain in the war in Europe the Australian Government announced, on 15 September, the formation of a 'special force' of 20,000 men for service 'at home or abroad as circumstances permit'.
Thinking of Joining the Australian Defence Force?
If you are looking at joining the Australian military you should be aware that any injuries or illnesses will be treated by the Army, Navy or Air Force while you are in the service. Once you take discharge, “accepted” medical conditions will be processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Training and Information Program
The Training & Information Program (TIP) is a joint venture between Ex-Service Organisations and the Department of Veteran's Affairs (DVA). DVA provides funding for training courses to assist volunteer compensation and welfare officers to work in the ex-service community.
The RSL reborn: Modern day veterans to breathe new life into iconic institution
Australia's modern day war veterans will be enlisted by the RSL to revitalise the iconic institution.
DVA Online Disability Pension Claim
Please note, when you apply for an online disability Pension on the DVA website, a web form (D2582) suggests that you are able to do this yourself in 'My Account' or online.
Be aware, if you make an error with your application and the claim is rejected, it's there forever and you may have a hard time trying to appeal your claim. Please seek assistance and guidance from the Pensions Officer at your Ex Service Organization before attempting to complete the form on-line.
Have You Lost Medals or Clasps
If you have lost or misplaced Medals or Clasps, you can get them replaced.
Latest News & Events
RSL NSW Women’s Auxiliaries Poppy Day Appeal
A Commemoration Service and Launch of the RSL NSW Women’s Auxiliaries Poppy Appeal took place at the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park Sydney on Friday, 1st November 2013 at 10.45am.
Reduced Deeming Rates Put Money Back In Veterans’ Pockets
Nearly 60,000 members of the veteran and defence communities will benefit from a decrease to deeming rates, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, announced on Monday 4th November 2013
Rathmines Catalina Festival 2013
This year’s Sixth Annual Rathmines Catalina Festival will be held on 9th November 2013 at Rathmines NSW. It will be one of the biggest annual Air displays in NSW outside the RAAF, Wings Over Illawarra and Temora Air Shows.
Disaster Assistance For Bush Fires
Please help us spread the word to any current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their immediate families living in NSW and affected by the bush fires. Social media is a very effective tool in disseminating information in times of disaster so please SHARE this with anyone you know. Together we can reach out to veterans and their immediate families who may need our help.
RSL Women's Auxiliary Birthday Luncheon
Remembrance Day Monday 11th November 2013
Remembrance Day (11 November) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
SRCA "White Card" To Commence 10 December 2013
The Review of Military Compensation Arrangements in 2011 recommended extending DVA Treatment Card arrangements to former ADF members, whose conditions are accepted under the SRCA and who will have long-term treatment needs.
Under the new arrangements, SRCA clients who do not already have a treatment card will receive a White Card for specific conditions and have treatment paid for through DVA’s card arrangements.
The Centenary of Military Aviation 2014
The Centenary of Military Aviation 2014 Air Show is proudly presented by the Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Base Williams, Point Cook, Victoria over the weekend of 1st & 2nd March 2014. Point Cook is the birthplace of military aviation in Australia and the oldest continually operating military airfield in the world.
The Centenary of Military Aviation is a national event celebrating 100 years of military aviation in Australian and encompassing a spectacular Air Show with air displays and ground displays.
Gates are open from 8am to 4pm. Flying displays will be held from 10am to 3:30pm. The flying program is the same for both days of the Air Show. Entry is by pre-paid ticketing which will be available from December 2013. Join our Facebook event http://raaf.gov.au/CMA14 to discuss the Air Show and post your photos.#CMA14 #AirShow #Melbourne #VIC
2014 Sir Colin Hines Scholarship Awards
The Sir Colin Hines Scholarship Awards have been established by The Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch) to assist the children of Vietnam veterans with their education.
Annually, fifteen (15) Awards will be made to students who intend to undertake further study after leaving school. Such further study may be at a University, College or TAFE.
Each Award will comprise a cheque for $1,200 together with an appropriate Certificate to the student to commemorate the Award. It is intended that these Awards provide assistance to students commencing further studies, by enabling them to purchase essential equipment, textbooks and the like.
The Awards are open to children of all Vietnam Veterans including allied countries. The veteran's membership of the RSL is not a prerequisite.
Applications will also be considered from students leaving school before the end of Year 12. Such cases will need to be supported by school reports provided by the applicant. Details of the Scholarship are distributed to all HSC students in their HSC Results Package annually.
Membership of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch
Applications for membership of the RSL Sub Branch are invited from persons who meet the following criteria:
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Australian Partners of Defence (APOD)
Australian Partners of Defence (APOD) provides Australian Defence Force families free membership access to the 2013 APOD - Defence Discount online program which once registered allows them to access discounts and offers pledged from 1000's of retailers Australia wide.
We are all about Australian Defence members, their partners and families wherever they are across our sun-burnt country and beyond. We’re about lightening the load and reducing the hardship many families experience supporting our armed forces.