Circular 43/21 Update on Remembrance Day planning

Following the NSW Government’s announcement today that it is bringing forward a further easing of restrictions from 8 November, I can now advise further in relation to Remembrance Day.

What are the restrictions that apply to events from 8 November?

The NSW Government’s Roadmap outlines the following for fully vaccinated people, in relation to events:

  • COVID Safety Plans are only required for outdoor events with attendance over 1000 people (previously 200).

What does this mean for Remembrance Day commemoration planning?

All sub-Branches are encouraged to continue planning Remembrance Day commemorations based on the above restriction.

The livestream of the Remembrance Day commemoration at the Martin Place Cenotaph will be shown on the NSW Government website and the RSL NSW Facebook page.

What about fundraising activities?

Planning for fundraising within your community should continue in consultation with host Councils, shopping centres, Clubs etc. Sub-Branches should take direction from their host in relation to COVID-safe planning and adhere to NSW Government COVID rules and restrictions.

What is the RSL doing to raise awareness of Remembrance Day and to fundraise online?

The national Remember to Remember campaign will ask Australians to pause at 11am on 11 November to remember all those who have served our country. Australian Olympian Curtis McGrath is the ambassador for the campaign which will drive donations to the Poppy Appeal. All NSW-originated donations will be returned to RSL NSW to support our partner charity, RSL LifeCare.

RSL Australia has secured a partnership with the Outdoor Media Association to promote the campaign on Remembrance Day. At 11am, every billboard, owned by the Association, across Australia will feature the ‘Remember to Remember’ advertisement. RSL NSW has also secured a similar partnership with Sydney Airport

Digital assets and promotional flyers are now available can support sub-Branch Poppy Appeal activities which can be downloaded here and you can view RSL Australia’s Poppy Appeal website here.

How can sub-Branches order fundraising Poppies and other tokens online?

As noted in Circular 36/21, a significant number of tokens formerly owned by WBI are available to sub-Branches at no charge and can now be ordered online. Sub-Branches will be required to pay a small packing ($0.25 cents per token) and freight charge.

For instructions on how to create an online account and order tokens click here. If you require assistance, please contact PMA Global directly on (02) 9629 0800 or

What resources are available for sub-Branches to promote Remember to Remember and commemorations in their community?

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has released a Remembrance Day ‘Kitbag’ with resources for hosting a commemorative event which you might find useful and can be downloaded here. Remembrance Day resources for sub-Branches engaging with schools can be found here.