The RSL is an independent, apolitical organisation run by members, for members primarily to assist current and former service men and women and their dependants when in need, whether they’re RSL members or not.
Victorian Branch Strategic Plan 2015– 2020
To promote the well being and values of the serving and ex-serving men and women of the ADF, while supporting our members and local communities.
The RSL in Victoria will continue to be the most relevant, sustainable and recognised ex-service organisation promoting mateship and providing outstanding advocacy, welfare commemoration and community services.
Our Aspiration is to understand the need and how to respond through:
1. Ensuring we understand need and how it is evolving
2. Targeting growth
3. Enhancing our capacity
4. Remaining relevant
5. Having integrity in everything we do
6. Achieving excellence in core activities
7. Improving our communication
How we are Organised & What we do
We have a national branch in Canberra, state branches across the country, and almost 300 Sub Branches in Victoria alone. Some of those are big, bustling entertainment complexes and some are small groups of dedicated volunteers. Either way, the mandate is the same; to assist current and former members of the ADF and their dependants when in need.
Each RSL organisation is run by elected committees and office bearers at the Sub Branch, state and national levels. We run two annual fundraising appeals – the ANZAC Appeal leading up the 25 April, and the Poppy Appeal leading up to Remembrance Day on 11 November.
The RSL was originally set up in 1916 to assist soldiers and sailors returning from WW1. Our mandate has remained essentially unchanged since those early days. Of course, assisting veterans and those currently serving remains our primary objective but today, we also assist many in need across Victorian communities.