2021 State Congress


Mark your calendars! RSL Queensland’s 2021 State Congress and Annual General Meeting has now been scheduled for 8-9 December 2021 at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane.

Delegates will hear from a range of RSL leaders throughout State Congress, the Annual General Meeting, business sessions and evening social functions. While COVID-19 still presents a few unknowns, we are working to finalise the 2-day program, and we will continue to update the RSL Queensland website as details are confirmed.

We have sincerely appreciated the patience and understanding of all members as we coordinate this annual event during another year of navigating the uncertainty that has come during a pandemic. Typically, we aim to host the event in the winter months, however the decision to postpone the event to later in the year was based on two critical factors:

  • The safety of our members is paramount in all our decision-making. We need to allow enough time for COVID-19 vaccinations to be delivered across Queensland prior to the in-person meeting.
  • To ensure maximum time is provided for members to hear and provide their feedback on the proposed Member Value Proposition (MVP) and Member Categories. There will be a vote on the RSL Queensland Constitution during the 2021 AGM, and changes to the member model will need to be incorporated into the document prior to this important vote. We have begun sharing presentations to each District Annual General Meeting, across the State, and will continue to engage with our members and Sub Branches throughout 2021.

While our Constitution allows us to schedule an AGM annually on a date of our Board’s choosing and there are no regulatory requirements requiring the AGM is held within a particular timeframe, we are obligated to report to our regulators (OFT and ACNC) by specific dates. We will meet OFT’s deadline and we have requested and received permission from ACNC to lodge our AIS and accompanying financial statements on 10 December, which is the day after the rescheduled AGM.

We strongly encourage you and all members to have your say on the Constitution in the lead up to this important vote. We look forward to meeting more members and Sub Branch Committees and discussing this important step forward for our organisation in the coming months.



2020 State AGM Recordings

Recordings of the 2020 State AGM are now available to watch in three parts:


2020 AGM Session 1

Annual General Meeting.


Reading of address from His Excellency the Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey, AC by State President Tony Ferris.

Video address from Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel. Member for Gippsland.

RSL Queensland AGM meeting in hall
RSL Queensland AGM RSL member sitting at table
RSL Queensland AGM meeting breaktime in hallway

2020 AGM Session 2

Executive Presentations and Open Floor - General Discussions.


Presentation from Melanie Wilson, RSL Queensland CEO

Presentation from Lisa McIlroy, General Manager, Member and Network.

RSL Queensland AGM meeting RSL members talking
RSL Queensland AGM meeting Simon on podium
RSL Queensland AGM meeting Tony on podium

2020 AGM Session 3

Guest Speakers.


Address from Don Spinks AM. Repatriation Commissioner, Repatriation Commission.

Address from Hon Shayne Neumann MP. Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel. Member for Blair.



As per the RSL Queensland Constitution, the minutes of the AGM need to be distributed to Districts and Sub Branches within 6 weeks of the AGM being held: