RSL NSW Signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RSL & SCA & ClubsNSW

RSL NSW has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the RSL & Services Clubs Association (RSL & SCA) and ClubsNSW to deliver the best outcomes for veterans, their families, and local communities.

Research has told us that the community does not understand the difference between an RSL club (not-for-profit company) and an RSL sub-Branch (unincorporated association). This is because historically they were once bound as one. In the 1970s, after 50 years of being a single entity, the sub-Branches separated from the clubs as regulations around charities changed. Fifty years on, many communities still affectionately refer to their local club as the ‘RSL’.

While RSL sub-Branches went about delivering on its distinct mission of supporting veterans and their families, clubs became centres for the wider community and some retained the name. Clubs continue to play an important role in our communities as they provide a place to connect and enjoy entertainment and provide generous CLUBGrants and other programs.

The intent of the MoU, initiative 4.4 of the RSL NSW Strategic Plan, is to restore the mutual connection between RSL sub-Branches and clubs. Its strategic objectives call for the organisations to commit to a variety of actions, including:

  • Encourage clubs to maintain an affiliation with RSL NSW where there is a historical link
  • Advocate for joint membership of current serving and ex-service personnel of both sub-Branches and clubs
  • Generate mutual support across membership and community engagement
  • Improve governance within each organisation where there is an affiliation between a sub-Branch and club
  • Actively engage younger veterans, their families, and the community, through social, physical, and employment initiatives
  • Jointly manage media, governmental, and public policy issues between clubs and sub-Branches that have the potential to impact the RSL and associated brands
  • Promote the unique roles of RSL sub-Branches and clubs in communities.

Now that the MoU has been signed, the parties will convene a joint working group to manage its implementation. A copy of the MoU can be reviewed here.

STRATEGIC PLAN 2021-2026 learn more about RSL NSW’s intention to reassert itself as the leading advocate for veterans – and how you can get involved. Join now online – it’s free.

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