The RSL in Tasmania – it’s what’s behind the badge
The RSL is the largest ex-service organisation in Tasmania, with 52 Sub Branches offering practical assistance including:
- Assistance with DVA claims
- Emergency financial assistance
- Disability/health services medical aids and equipment
- Home and hospital visits
- Bereavement assistance
- Comradeship and mateship
- Connections to other ex-service organisations
Whether it’s short-term financial assistance to help you get back on your feet, or free advice to help you get all of your entitlements through DVA, we’re here to help our military family through times of financial hardship, regardless of whether you are an RSL member.
Compensation and entitlement advice
Sustaining an injury or illness as a result of your service can have a substantial impact on your future ability to earn an income. Yet the paperwork required to secure your relevant benefits and entitlements can be complex, particularly for those already suffering health issues. Our free support and advice is provided by trained staff who will help you navigate the MRCA, SRCA and VEA legislation to ensure you are receiving your relevant entitlements from DVA.
Our staff and Sub Branches can provide small amounts of financial assistance to meet the immediate needs of current and former ADF personnel and their families. This may include buying groceries and basic necessities, vouchers, and assistance with transport arrangements.
Losing a member of our military family hits us all very hard and we consider it our obligation to ensure that sacrifices are remembered, that those who have served are farewelled with respect, and that their service is appropriately recognised. For families who request it, when it comes time to lay a serviceman or woman to rest, our staff and volunteers are there for the families. Our Poppy funeral services ensure those who have served are remembered with the Ode and the Last Post as a special recognition that they are joining others who have sacrificed in their service. We also actively seek out and give recognition to unmarked graves in which veterans are interred, ensuring descendants have the opportunity to properly lay them to rest.
Sub Branch network
RSL Sub Branches provide a place of respite where you can meet with like-minded people who share your common interest. The venues are family friendly with many providing meals and entertainment for all age groups. A full list of Sub Branches and their locations can be found on our RSL Tasmania website at www.rsltas.org.au
Home and hospital visits
RSL’s volunteers will come to you – where and when you need us most. We will come to your home or to your hospital bed if you are anxious about going outside, sick or recovering. Our Sub Branch volunteers help by:
- Providing mateship
- Assisting with simple jobs around the house
- Lawn mowing
- Facilitating access to home help
- Helping with transition from hospital back to home
- Providing transport to shops or appointments.
If needed, our trained staff will also assist with paperwork to ensure you receive your full DVA entitlements
Commemorative Services within the Community
RSL Sub Branches conduct in excess of 80 Commemorative Services, both Dawn Service and Main Service in communities across Tasmania on ANZAC Day. The RSL also conducts Remembrance Day services and other services as and when they occur. There is a large community involvement which includes school children, scouts, girl guides and members of the Emergency Services.
How to contact us
RSL Tasmania can be contacted on (03) 6242-8900 or email to email@example.com From the initial contact you will be directed to the area able to most assist you.