Since its beginning in 1916, RSL Queensland has supported Queensland’s Defence family. Over the past 108 years, we have proudly upheld our Objects, helping veterans and their families.

Our mission is to provide care, commemoration and camaraderie to enable veterans and their families to live with dignity and respect – it is our guiding light and underpins all that we do. Our 2030 Strategy on a Page outlines our intent to provide increased support to more veterans and their families, promote wider recognition of our service people’s legacy, and offer a sense of belonging and purpose to all in the veteran community.

We are the largest ex-service organisation in Queensland, providing practical support, assistance, advice and camaraderie to current and former Australian Defence Force members and their families across the state.

RSL Queensland is consistently guided by the pursuit of the below Objects:

2.1 The main objects for which the RSL (Queensland Branch) is established is to relieve the distress and poverty suffered by the sick, helpless, wounded, aged, vulnerable, destitute and needy among those who are serving or who have served in the Australian Defence Forces and their dependants.

2.2 RSL (Queensland Branch) achieves this object by implementing and connecting those in need with programs and services to assist in the relief of their distress and suffering and, these programs, services and activities may include the following, provided that they are conducted in aid and furtherance of its main object in clause 2.1:

2.2.1 relieve mental health issues and isolation experienced by past and present members of the Defence Forces and encourage their transition to civilian life by:

(a) facilitating the close and kindly ties of friendship created by a mutual service in the Australian Defence Force or in the forces of nations traditionally allied with Australia and the recollections associated with that experience;

(b) maintaining a proper standard of dignity and honour among all past and present members of the Defence Forces of the nation and to set an example of public spirit and noble hearted endeavour;

(c) protecting the good name and preserve the interests and standing of members of the Australian Defence Force;

(d) encouraging Members, as citizens, to serve Australia with that spirit of self-sacrifice and loyalty with which they served as members of the Australian Defence Forces; and

(e) encouraging continued loyalty to Australia and secure patriotic service in the interests of Australia;

2.2.2 assist in the preservation of the memory and the records of those who suffered and died for Australia, erect monuments to their valour, provide them with suitable burial places, and establish and preserve, in their honour, the annual commemoration days known as ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and other commemorative days;

2.2.3 provide welfare to the sick, helpless, wounded, vulnerable, aged, destitute and needy;

2.2.4 support serving Australian Defence Force members at home and abroad and actively assist them in their transition to civilian life, especially if they are detrimentally affected by their defence service;

This is an extract of the RSL Queensland Objects. For the full details of RSL Queensland’s Objects please see RSL Queensland’s constitution available here.