Senior Counsel and retired Army Reserve Officer Greg Melick has been re-elected as National President of the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL).

Greg Melick was first elected President of the national ex-service organisation in May 2019 and his re-election was confirmed at the RSLA Annual General Meeting in Canberra today.

As well as an extensive legal career, he served in a full-time and part-time capacity in the Australian Defence Force Reserves from 1966 until his retirement in December 2018.

He commanded at all levels of the Australian Army, rising through the ranks to Major General and becoming Australia's most senior Reserve officer in 2007. He held the positions of Assistant Chief of the Defence Force (Reserves), and Head of the Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division before his appointment as the ADF's Head of the Centenary of ANZAC Planning Team in 2011.

Greg Melick is also currently the Colonel Commandant of the 1st Commando Regiment.

He is a Statutory Member of the National Crime Authority and the NSW Casino Control Authority.

He was appointed a part-time Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in September 2014 and the part time Chief Commissioner of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission in 2015.

Greg has been Cricket Australia's anti-corruption special investigator since 2000.

He is a member and former chairman of the board of St John Ambulance (Tasmania) and was appointed to the Australian War Memorial Council in March 2015.

Greg Melick said he was honoured to be returned as President of RSL Australia and committed to continue the efforts to secure better outcomes for veterans and their families.

“I’m particularly proud of RSL Australia’s achievements over the past three years and look forward to continuing our efforts into the future.

“We have established and effective relationships with decision-makers across all states and territories as a result of our federated structure and this ensures we in a unique position to effectively lobby for positive outcomes and change. Among initiatives, the RSL is also backing a new online web application designed to help veterans navigate the range of services and support available. This will be launched later this year.

“We are also planning a nationwide survey to capture insights that will guide us on how we need to evolve to meet the needs of the broader veteran community and particularly younger veterans,” he said