RSL Queensland has been supporting our Defence family since 1916.
Originally formed by soldiers returned from World War I, RSL Queensland is still run by veterans for veterans. Our members are young and old, female and male. They have served overseas and at home, in armed conflict, peacekeeping missions and disaster recovery. What they have in common is service.
Today’s RSL Queensland is the largest ex-service organisation in Queensland, with more than 240 Sub Branches across 10 Districts, offering advice, support and camaraderie to all current and former Australian Defence Force members and their families.
What We Do
RSL Queensland helps veterans and the broader Defence family in real and practical ways, whether they are members or not.
Our services range from assisting with DVA claims to funding vital research into PTSD and veteran mental health, from easing the transition to civilian life to providing opportunities for members of Queensland’s Defence family to connect with each other.
Our day-to-day activities are guided by the eight Objects outlined in our Constitution:
A Century of Service
- Provide for the sick, helpless, wounded, aged, vulnerable, destitute and needy among those who are serving or who have served in the Australian Defence Forces and their dependants
- Perpetuate the close and kindly ties of friendship created by a mutual service in the Australian Defence Force or in the forces of nations traditionally allied with Australia and the recollections associated with that experience
- Maintain a proper standard of dignity and honour among all past and present members of the Defence Forces of the nation and to set an example of public spirit and noble hearted endeavour
- Preserve the memory and the records of those who suffered and died for Australia, erect monuments to their valour, provide them with suitable burial places, and establish and preserve, in their honour, the annual commemoration days known as ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and other commemorative days
- Encourage loyalty to Australia and secure patriotic service in the interests of Australia;
- Protect the good name and preserve the interests and standing of members of the Australian Defence Force
- Encourage Members, as citizens, to serve Australia with that spirit of self-sacrifice and loyalty with which they served as members of the Australian Defence Forces
- Provide welfare to the sick, helpless, wounded, vulnerable, aged, destitute and needy.
In 1915, hospital ships began bringing the first of Australia’s injured soldiers home from active service. Drawn together by their common experience, these servicemen began gathering to share their stories and support each other while they readjusted to life at home.
It soon became apparent that there was little government support available to Diggers; a united voice was needed to ensure that returned servicemen received adequate support, treatment and care. From this realisation, the ‘Returned Soldiers’ Association’ was formed in Queensland in 1916 – an independent, apolitical organisation that would represent the interests of returned servicemen.
Similar organisations were established around the country, eventually uniting under one banner. Originally the Returned Sailors & Soldiers Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA), the name was changed to the Returned Soldiers and Airman’s Imperial League of Australia (RSSAILA) in 1940. In 1990, the organisation became the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL).
As we embark on our second century, RSL Queensland is more determined than ever to draw on our rich history, learn from the past, and reshape our future to benefit those we support.