Ex-Service Organisation Directory

There are many ex-service organisations (ESOs) that help current and ex-serving personnel in various ways.

RSL Queensland collaborates with a range of ESOs to ensure members of our Defence family get the help they need. 

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Established in 1947, Australian War Widows (Queensland) Inc. (AWWQ) protects the interests of war widows and provides friendship, understanding and community support services to its members across Queensland. Membership is open to the Department of Veterans' Affairs designated war widows and associate membership for wider community who support AWWQ.

Australian Special Air Service Association

Australian Special Air Service Association (ASASA) is the regimental association of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). It is a legally constituted and incorporated "not for profit" organisation and is a recognised ex-service organisation with the Australian Government, the Australian Defence Force and with the Department of Veterans' Affairs. It is an Australia-wide association with Branches in each State (except for Tasmania), and a Branch in the Australian Capital Territory. The aims of the Association can be summarised as: to provide assistance to past and present members of the SASR; to perpetuate the close bonds of friendship and "esprit de corps" that exists amongst those who served in SASR; to provide support to SASR and preserve its good name and reputation.


Bootstraps offers leather work classes as a way to relax, network and reconnect. Bootstraps found that focussing on a creative skill in the form of leather work, helps to relieve stress within the body and mind. Hours spent in the leather workshop result in not only a creative out-put but a calmer, physical and mental well-being. To contact, please email info@bootstraps.org.au

Combat Support Association

Combat Support Association provides:   Transition: Individual advice and sources service for the development of individual Transition Plans.   Representation: Represents on Veterans Issues as part of a networked Ex Service Organisation.   Welfare: Sources veteran and community services to support individual, family or unit welfare needs For more information please email president@combatsupportassociation.org.au  

Currumbin Clinic

Currumbin Clinic provides inpatient and day patient treatment for mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and addictive disorders including alcohol or drug misuse. Specific programs for veterans include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Mood and Anxiety and the associated problems of PTSD such as Effective Communication and Mastering Anger.   Set in a private bush surrounds close to Currumbin Beach, Currumbin Clinic is the leading provider of mental health treatment on the Gold Coast and surrounding areas with over 20 years experience.

Defence Community Dogs

Defence Community Dogs provides fully trained Assistance Dogs to Veterans suffering from PTSD and related mental health conditions. The Assistance Dogs are provided at no cost to eligible veterans. Defence Community Dogs is an independent, private Assistance Dog training organisation. Defence Community Dogs provides a fully trained dog and follow up support for you and your dog. 

Defence Families Australia

An advisory body to the Minister for Defence and Chief of Defence on matters affecting Defence family. Specifically they assist family who are separated due to a spouse being posted to another location, spouse employment, and providing support to family when a member is deployed.

Defence Force Welfare Association

Principal roles are to: Advocating improved ‘pay and conditions of service’ for serving ADF members and their families; Campaigning for fair and equitable treatment, and for fair retirement benefits for all ADF and former ADF members; Providing Advocacy Services for serving/retired members who have a claim for superannuation, compensation and veterans’ entitlement matters.

Defence Health

Since 1953, Defence Health has supported the ADF, ex-serving and wider Defence community to manage their personal and family health care. For a strong and genuine recognition of your service, talk to Defence Health about great value health insurance.