social meeting of veterans

Social Connection

Leaving Defence can be isolating, particularly if most of your friends are still in service. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to, someone who's walked a similar path and can relate to what you're experiencing.

Throughout the year, RSL Queensland and Mates4Mates provide plenty of ways for you to connect with other members of our Defence family. From the many health and wellbeing activities we offer, to social connection opportunities at our Sub Branches and Mates4Mates, there's something to suit everyone.

RSL Sub Branches are meeting places for veterans in their local communities, and they offer a vast range of social events and activities, including:

  • BBQs, lunches and curry dinners
  • healthy cooking workshops
  • movie and football nights
  • family fun days
  • day cruises
  • social activities, such as golfing, canoeing and walking groups.

Recognising the importance of social connection in recovery, Mates4Mates provides regular opportunities for members of our Defence family to catch up with others who have faced similar challenges and experiences. Mates4Mates' peer support and recreational activities include:

  • coffee catch-ups
  • regular BBQs and lunches
  • creative workshops 
  • walking groups 
  • wellness activities
  • school holiday programs for families. 

There are 20 scholarships for studies commencing or being undertaken in 2020. Each one is valued at up to $4,000 a year for up to three years.

The provision of scholarship funding is managed within strict guidelines.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • an ex-serving Defence member
  • ineligible for other Defence education and training assistance 
  • not in regular, full-time employment
  • enrolled or planning to enrol in an undergraduate, tertiary or vocational training course
  • able to demonstrate hardship or vulnerability since transitioning from ADF.
Applications open on 18 August 2019 and will remain open until filled, or until the 2021 scholarship round opens.


The application process is to allow partners of former and current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members to apply for scholarships under the RSL Partner Scholarship program. This program is supportive of education and training courses to aid in partners’ employability.

Assessment of Applications:

Your application will be acknowledged via email once received by RSL Queensland. All application forms submitted will be checked to confirm the applicant and proposed education and training course meets the intent and eligibility criteria of the program.

Completing your Form:

All mandatory fields and submission of forms outlined in this application must be completed in order to be assessed by RSL Queensland. Incomplete or partially completed forms will be returned to applicants.

Outcome of Applications:

Applicants will be notified via email of the outcome at the conclusion of the assessment.

Your Responsibility:

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they have read the RSL Partner Scholarship Guidelines and that their request meets the intent and eligibility criteria of the program.

Approved applicants must advise RSL Queensland ( of any subsequent changes in circumstances relating to:

a) change in relationship status
b) change to residential location
c) change in employment status
d) change to approved study (including fee alterations)

Applicants should be aware that giving false or misleading information may lead to rejection of the application.

Application Assistance:

Should assistance be required in completing the form, email RSL Queensland (

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