RSL & Service Club History

RSL Clubs in their various forms (Diggers, Legion, ANZAC, Soldiers, Memorial, SS&A, etc) share a common history, a common purpose and a common place in the hearts and minds of Australians.

RSL Clubs were created in communities across Australia to provide a venue for current and ex-serve personnel and their families to enjoy a safe and comfortable place to gather, to enjoy each other’s company, and to share a meal and a drink or two.

As well, these Clubs serve as a place of remembrance for the contribution and sacrifice of all Australia Defence personnel.

RSL Clubs opened their doors, and their social memberships, to the broader Australia community to enable them to share in these benefits and contribute towards the goal of better facilities and services for veterans.

Through this expanded patronage, RSL and Services Clubs have been able to significantly improve and expand their facilities and services over the years for the benefit of the whole community. These clubs continue to have, as their primary focus, the welfare and support of veterans of Australian and Allied Service personnel and their families, as well as commemorating the efforts of all who have served our nation in uniform.

This is our common identity and goal as RSL and Services Clubs. We share the ANZAC spirit and heritage.

The RSL & Services Clubs Association was established to assist all such clubs to manage this unique position within the broader Club Movement and the Australian community, and to ensure that the perspectives and values of RSL Clubs are considered and heard by Government and our colleagues in Defence, in the Veterans community and the club industry.

As an important and valued part of the total Club Movement, we are committed to a strong and united voice for clubs through our peak body, ClubsNSW. We do have particular needs and requirements that warrant close cooperation and regular consultation with club industry leaders to ensure the best outcomes for all clubs and members.

As an Association, we share the responsibility to focus on the welfare and support of veterans and Allied Service personnel and their families, as well as commemorating the efforts of all who have served our nation in uniform with each RSL Sub-branch, from which the licensed club grew, and with the State and National RSL bodies. In the minds of the general community, both sets of structures are completely interwoven and share a common set of values and objectives. This is as it should be.