About the Returned & Services League

of Australia

About Us

The Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia was formed in 1916.

It became the Returned Sailors', Soldiers' and Airmens Imperial League of Australia in 1940, and became the Returned Services League of Australia in 1965.

The change to its current name of Returned & Services League of Australia was made in 1990 to reflect the organisation's concern for current as well as former servicemen and servicewomen.

The patron of the RSL is Queen Elizabeth II.

The current National President of the League is Rear Admiral Ken Doolan, AO RAN (rtd)

The Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch) are responsible under the constitution for seeking benefits and provision of welfare for serving and ex-service men and women, and their dependants, conservatively speaking, the RSL in New South Wales currently has an obligation to approximately 400,000 ex-service men and women, their widows and dependants.

Aims and objectives

To perpetuate the close ties of friendship created by mutual service in the Australian Defence Force or allied forces, to maintain a proper standard of dignity and honour among all past and present serving members of the Defence Force and to set an example of public spirit and noble hearted endeavour;

To preserve the memory and records of those who suffered and died for Australia;

To provide for the sick and wounded and needy among those who have served and their dependents including pensions, medical attention, homes and hospital visiting;

To inculcate loyalty to the Nation, to guard to good name and preserve the interests and standing of members of the Defence Force; and

To promote our policy on national questions, particularly:

The unity of the Commonwealth of Nations

The Defence of Australia

The maintenance of a sustainable and selective immigration policy

The development of a national Defence infrastructure and Defence industry,

and The promotion and proper employment of the nation's natural resources

"The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance"

"Lest We Forget"