During National Reconciliation Week (NRW), millions of Australians come together to recognise the need for connection, respect action and change Now More Than Ever.

This year’s NRW theme is a poignant reminder of the need for truth-telling, collective awareness, education, and reconciliation. It calls on Australians to understand the role we all have to play in the process of reconciliation.

RSL Victoria is committed to its part in this journey.

We recognise and honour the service and sacrifice of First Nations communities and their ongoing contribution to the Australian Defence Force, and we will continue our work towards equity and better outcomes for all servicepeople.

We strive for the inclusion of all service personnel, celebrating the diversity that strengthens our ability to support veterans from various cultures.

At the heart of reconciliation is the strengthening of relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and non-Indigenous peoples. This begins with respectful conversations and an openness to understanding. We believe an ongoing dialogue and a sharing of stories, cultures and traditions is vital in our aspiration to be reflective of the values of a modern Australia, built on the work and sacrifice of all Australians.

RSL Victoria State Branch’s progress on its Reflect - Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is part of our commitment to reconciliation and creating a culturally safe and inclusive environment for members, volunteers, veterans and staff.

Now More Than Ever, we need connection, respect, and action to continue the ongoing work of reconciliation.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds, and actions of all Australians. RSL Victoria is dedicated to the support of First Nations service personnel and their families and will play its part in building relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.