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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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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  

Red Shield Defence Services

Part of the Salvation Army, RSDS’ “Sallymen” work on base and during deployments to provide non-Defence associated support to address morale, wellbeing, health and spirituality needs. Programs delivered by RSDS include Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Assistance, Family and Personal Support and Professional Youth Support.

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.

Survive to Thrive Program

This online training program was developed by a former serviceman from first-hand military experience of learning to survive and thrive with PTSD, anxiety, depression and transitioning from military to civilian life. It is suitable for current or former military members and their partners and helps participants understand common mental health conditions arising from military service and training and how they impact behaviour. The program aims to provide skills to build emotional resilience to overcome adversity. It also explains what to expect in civilian life and how to handle issues before serious problems occur.

Soldier On

Assists veterans who are dealing with issues of isolation, poor mental health, drug and alcohol dependency, unemployment and homelessness. Core programs include reintegration services, group counselling, yoga and physical training, confidence building programs and return to work activities.

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.

St George's Defence Holiday Suites

The Service Personnel Anglican Help Society Inc is a charitable organisation that provides holiday accommodation, for Service and Ex-Service personnel and dependent children at Rainbow Bay, Coolangatta, Queensland via the St Georges Defence Holiday Suites, situated within The Garland building. With northerly views over the water, easy access to a number of surf breaks, safe swimming beaches, the Tweed River, restaurants, clubs and shopping areas of Coolangatta /Tweed Heads it makes for an ideal beach front holiday.

Partners of Veterans Association of Australia

A Nationwide support network for partners of past and present members of the Australian Defence Forces offering support, friendship, information and understanding.

Kookaburra Kids

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation Program for Serving and Ex-Serving ADF Families supports children who have a parent with a mental illness as a result of military service. The camp and activity day program is available to children aged 8- 18yrs at no cost to families who are accepted into our program. Camps are held over a weekend, providing kids with amazing experiences. Activity days are held regularly during throughout the year, providing an opportunity for children to catch up and have fun. Click here to register to the program.