Mr Brad Copelin

STATE COUNCILLOR

Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW State Branch)

Brad Copelin enlisted into the Australian Army in 1987 as an Infantryman and in 1992 he transferred to the Military Police. In 1995, was selected and subsequently employed as a Recruit Instructor.

In 1996, Brad transferred to the Reserve and joined the Victoria Police. During his police service he specialised as an Operational Safety Tactics Training Instructor, specialising in Critical Incident Management and Crowd Control training. He was promoted to Senior Constable in 2000.

Brad returned to the Army as a Sergeant in 2001, serving with in various leadership positions in Sydney and Darwin. In December 2005, he was promoted to Warrant Officer and became the Warrant Officer In Charge, Military Police Stations in Wagga Wagga, Wodonga and Puckapunyal. Brad was then appointed Company Sergeant Major, Defence Force Corrective Establishment (the Defence Prison); Followed by Warrant Officer In Charge, Advanced Military Police Training, Defence Police Training Centre, until his medical retirement in December 2011. Brad has been awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation (with Star), Soldiers' Medallion for Exemplary Service, Provost Marshal-Army Certificate of Merit, two other commendations; campaign and service medals.

Brad gained operational command experience whilst deployed on Border Protection Operations with the Royal Australian Navy (2003) and in the Solomon Islands as the Military Police Commander (2003). He also deployed to Afghanistan with the Australian Special Operations Task Group (2006).

Brad has completed studies in International Humanitarian Law with the Australian Red Cross, University of Melbourne, United Nations and the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law. In 2009, his academic paper, "Defending the Indefensible: the Defence of Superior Orders for War Crimes", was published in the Australian Army Journal. He holds Advanced Diplomas of Leadership & Management, Justice and Public Safety (Emergency Management); Diplomas in Vocational Education & Training, Training Design & Development, Project Management, Security & Risk Management, OHS, Government (Management) and Business, Advanced First Aid and medical First Responder qualifications.

Brad is now the owner of Learning & Development Solutions and specialisies in RPL assessments for military members. Learning & Development Solutions was the first Corporate Supporter of RSL DefenceCare and provides free consultancy services to Ex-Service Organisations. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 it was a finalist in the Australian Small Business Awards. Brad received a 2014 Australia Day Medallion for his work with RSL (NSW) and RSL DefenceCare. In January 2015 he became a Veteran Ambassador for RSL DefenceCare. In 2015, Brad became a Director of Club Engadine RSL; Delegate to the Southern Metropolitan District Council, RSL NSW. He is also an active member of the Engadine RSL Sub Branch, where is the Honorary Secretary. In 2017 he was elected to the position of State Councillor (Director) RSL NSW.

In 2014 he completed the Sandakan Death March Trek in Borneo with an RSL Life Care group. During which he participated in a story produced by 60 Minutes. Brad also competed in the inaugural Invictus Games (London) as a member of the Australian Team and as an Assistant Coach for the Invictus Games (Orlando). He has completed the Canadian Army Run (Half Marathon) and Canadian Winter Sports Camp with Australian veterans teams.

He is married with an adult son and two young daughters, living in Engadine.