Exciting Opportunities Await: Join the RSL NSW Young Veterans’ Committee and Make an Impact

RSL NSW invites members to express their interest in joining the RSL NSW Young Veterans Committee (YVC), a body established to directly advise the RSL NSW Board on matters impacting young veterans and ensuring their voices are heard within the League.  

According to the Committee Charter, its members draw on their experience and expertise in advocating for young veterans and their families, are well versed in the entitlements and support provided to veterans and families by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), and have a good understanding of the ex-service organisation (ESO) landscape within NSW.  

The scope of the Committee’s responsibilities include:  

  • Engage with young veterans, not yet participating in the League, to identify perceived shortfalls in supporting younger veterans, and seek ways to attract them to joining, including stepping up to volunteer leadership roles.  
  • Advise how RSL NSW/ANZAC House and sub-Branches would more effectively attract younger veterans to participate in the League so it can be more effective in delivering its core purpose.   
  • Advise how the RSL NSW strategic direction can be improved to engage and support younger veterans more effectively.   
  • Advise RSL NSW on constitutional, strategic, or other issues that are directly or indirectly inhibiting young veterans from participating in the League.   
  • Provide an independent report to the Board annually on the effectiveness of the sub-Branch structure to deliver support and other services per the Strategic Plan, advocate for recommendations to be adopted and implemented once the report is delivered.  
  • Assist in identifying and supporting a spokesperson for the RSL in NSW, to ensure the RSL’s public comments are heard and are relevant to younger generations of veterans, and those still serving.  
  • Engage sub-Branches directly to advise on how to make changes to improve recruitment of younger members.  
  • Provide a report at Congress.   
  • Present and provide advice to the District President’s Council and seek feedback from the District President’s Council.  

Existing members and veterans from the wider community are invited to join the Committee by expressing their interest in writing to RSL NSW Chief Executive Officer Jon Black via support@rslnsw.org.au by 21 July 2023. In your submission, please outline how you would support the Committee’s scope as well as your relevant ADF and/or League service. Additionally, we welcome any information about your business or professional experience that aligns to the Committee’s objectives. 

It is important to note that the Committee will convene at least four times a year, and your commitment to attending these meetings, structured outside of working hours, is crucial for ensuring meaningful progress. Additionally, the the Committee maybe consulted outside of the scheduled meetings times for opinions and advice.    

Your participation in the Young Veterans Committee will be instrumental in shaping the future of RSL NSW and our support for young veterans. We highly value your input, insights, and dedication to this cause.  

If you have any questions or require further information about the Young Veterans Committee, please do not hesitate to contact our Member Support Team at support@rslnsw.org.au or call 1300 679 775. 

We look forward to receiving your expressions of interest and collaborating with you to make a difference in the lives of young veterans.  

NB: RSL NSW has a very broad definition of ‘Young Veteran’. As a general guideline, RSL NSW is seeking those who served in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) within the past 20-30 years or are currently serving.   

 

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