About Us2017-04-20T06:09:52+00:00

The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) was founded in 1916 by returning Australian soldiers from World War I to continue to provide the camaraderie, concern, and mateship shown among diggers during the conflict.

Early in the 1914-1918 Great War, it was evident that those returning from Gallipoli and the Western Front would require support, along with the families of those who would never return; this ethos of compassion and service remains today as the motivating influence of the League.

Our purpose is to help veterans and their families by offering care, financial assistance and advocacy, along with commemorative services that help all Australians remember the Fallen.

  • RSL New South Wales
    Today is Victory in the Pacific Day, commemorating 73 years since the end of the Second World War. We honour the one million Australian men and women who served during the Second World War and remember the 40,000 Australians who ...
  • Veterans Film Festival
    Today we remember the 73rd Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day (VP Day) the unconditional surrender of Japan to the Allied Forces. Prime Minister Ben Chifley announced the end of the war. “Fellow citizens, the war is over… Let ...
  • Military Shop
    15 August 1945 – Japan Surrenders to end WWII
    Victory over Japan Day
    On this day in 1945, the Empire of Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers. The instrument of surrender was signed aboard the USS Missouri, where General Thomas ...
  • Military Shop
    The British and German governments are issuing a unique joint appeal to communities across the world to ring their church, military and other bells in unison on Armistice Day to mark the hundredth anniversary of the end of the first ...
  • Legion Scotland
    The emblem of Legion Scotland and the Returned and Services League of Australia are projected onto the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle during last nights show. 4 Standard Bearers form Legion Scotland took post on the esplanade to take the Salute ...
  • Legion Scotland
    The start of a very special relationship.
    RSL National shared Legion Scotland's post.
  • Legion Scotland
    The Returned Services League of Australia 'Digger Bears' have been getting around Scotland.
    RSL National shared Legion Scotland's post.
  • RSL New South Wales
    Veterans and their families will join millions of Australians transacting with government online through myGov. As part of its program to modernise and streamline services, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) - in partnership with the Department of Human Services ...
  • Legion Scotland
    An outstanding display of remembrance and comradeship during GP90 at the Menin Gate. Some photos from the event and from other travels over two days. More photos and videos to follow
    RSL National shared Legion Scotland's post.
  • British and Commonwealth Military
    “Today we honour the fallen of all nations, commemorate all those who participated in this great endeavour, and celebrate the bonds of friendship which unite our nations.” — The Duke of Cambridge
    RSL National shared British and Commonwealth Military's ...
    We love receiving visitors, especially when they come bearing gifts! 😍
    On this table are 24 pullovers and beanies hand knitted by an amazing group of women, lead by Laurin from the Nollamara Sub-Branch. 💖Each lovingly crafted piece was made ...
  • Veterans Film Festival
    On this day on 9 August 1942, HMAS Canberra was lost during the Battle of Savo, during one of the worst allied losses in World War 2. 84 of the crew were killed or died later of their injuries.
  • RSL New South Wales
    Leading Seaman Roger Dalby has been awarded a third Federation Star for 50 years of continuous service. Dalby joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1968 as a Junior Recruit at HMAS Leeuwin. He has served 37 years at sea in ...
  • RSL Victoria
    Trooper Henry Eric Whitehead of Caramut in Victoria, enlisted in 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment in December 1914 (under the name of Eric Whitehead), and embarked from Australia with B Squadron on 25 February 1915. Due to service in Senior ...
  • RSA National
    73 years ago today, the world’s first deployed atomic bomb was dropped over the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II.
    The explosion destroyed 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people, tens of thousands more died ...
  • RSL New South Wales
    Today we remember the Battle of Lone Pine - one of the most intense battles in our ANZAC history. The four-day battle resulted in more than 2,000 Australian casualties. The service and sacrifice of these brave individuals will not be ...
  • Remembering 100 Tasmanian heroes
    THE dedication of the first trees on the Soldiers’ Memorial Avenue on this day a century ago coincided with the start of 100 days of Allied victories leading to the armistice on November 11, 1918.
    RSL National shared a link.
  • RSL New South Wales
    Farmers across the state are facing ruin as the drought crisis worsens. RSL DefenceCare can provide urgent financial assistance and counselling for Australian veterans and their immediate families living in NSW who are affected by disaster. Army veteran Rodney Jones ...
  • British and Commonwealth Military
    Now THIS is living history!
    During April 2015 in Auckland City, Wellington and Christchurch, Kiwis had the opportunity to look back into history and learn about what the New Zealand soldiers experienced during the war. A reenactment showed soldiers in ...
  • Veterans Film Festival
    RSL National shared Veterans Film Festival's photo.
  • Veterans Film Festival
    Victoria Cross Medal recipients have got together in Nowra.
    #veterans #victoriacross
    RSL National shared Veterans Film Festival's post.
  • RSL New South Wales
    As part of the Defence Australia team supporting the Australian humanitarian assistance effort to Laos in response to the collapse of a dam in Attapeu Province, a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster from No 36 Squadron departed RAAF Base ...
  • Photos from RSL National's post
    New Practitioner Support Service to assist in veteran mental health treatment
    RSL National added 2 new photos.
  • Anzac Bears
    "I encourage you to give generously to this initiative, to donate a bear to your local school and help fulfil Australia’s oldest promise: that at the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."
    RSL ...
  • Australian War Memorial
    Tune into the Life on the Line podcast with Australian War Memorial's Michael Kelly: The Korean War.
    Website: https://www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com/podcast/2018/7/20/the-korean-war-with-michael-kelly
    RSL National shared Australian War Memorial's post.
  • British and Commonwealth Military
    Haunting silhouette of British Tommy projected onto Rock of Gibraltar in moving tribute to mark 100th anniversary of Armistice
    RSL National shared British and Commonwealth Military's post.
  • RSL New South Wales
    Today we remember the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. Approximately 17,000 Australian personnel from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army served in the Korean War.
    The Royal Australian Navy committed ships four days ...
  • Le Tour de Teddy
    With the formalities at Government House complete, Private Teddy Groves now resumes his critical role of providing Close Personal Protection to the Prime Minister. (The opportunity arose when Pte Teddy was last over in Canberra negotiating a fairer GST dividend ...
  • Anzac Bears
    Woohoo! More than 500 bears donated to 334 schools and it's a time to say THANK YOU to all who supported. But this is just the beginning of a long journey to send a bear to all primary schools in ...