Contrary to popular belief, the RSL is not only a social venue, it is heavily involved in the Welfare of serving and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their dependents.
The RSL has a wide range of Welfare activities and Volunteer hospital and home visit program.
The RSL has Department of Veteran’s Affairs trained Pension Officers to assist in Veterans Pension claims and closely interacts with DVA.
All current serving ADF and ex-service personnel that served in any Australian or Allied Aervice or completed National Service for a minimum of 6 months are eligible to join the RSL.
Service and ex-service woman hold the same rights as men in the RSL, i.e. they may be full members.
The RSL is very involved with schools and the community, providing guest speakers and bursaries to schools and grants to the community groups.
The RSL has established educational scholarships through its RSL Youth Development Program.
The RSL can and has established Woman’s and Citizen’s Auxiliaries throughout Australia.
The RSL has a prime focus on commemorative activities and encourages loyalty within the community.
The RSL has and does successfully lobby government on Veteran Affairs and Defence matters.
The RSL has donated millions of dollars to medical research.