The Central Coast District Council of RSL Sub Branches comprises of eleven RSL Sub Branches located in the Central Coast Region. The region extends from Lake Macquarie in the North, the Hawkesbury River in the south, and the Watagan Mountains in the west.

The Central Coast District Council holds bimonthly meetings through out the year. The meetings are held, in turn, at each member Sub Branch. The next meeting is 9th February 2015 at Gosford Sub Branch.



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About The Returned and Services League

The Returned and Services League of Australia, New South Wales Branch, was formed in 1917. Its present mission statement reads that it will

"Provide for the well being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-serving Defence Force Personnel and thier dependants and promote Government and Community awareness of the need for a stable and progressive Australia."

Letters from The Battlefields

As a follow up to the recently compiled book "For King and Country" Dr Richard G. Van Wirdum, a member of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch, has produced another book entitled "Letters from The Battlefields". This book contains transcripts of Letters home from those of the N.S.W. Central Coast who served in World War 1.

For King and Country

Do you have relatives who were residents, or born on the Central Coast and served in the A.I.F. during World War One? Then the recently compiled book "For King and Country" may contain details of your relatives service. The book was compiled by Dr Richard G. Van Wirdum, a member of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch.

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Sevicewomen Are Mothers Too

In recent years, servicewomen with dependent children have for the first time deployed into conflict zones, in support of Australian Defence Force operations.

The Department of Veterans' Affairs has funded the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide, to conduct the Mothers in the MEAO Study.

Corporal Anita Sikand was the medic deployed with a 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Task Group platoon in Tarin Kot city, Uruzgan province, Feb 17 2013.

Securing Our Veterans’ Future

Are you a younger veteran or the spouse of a younger veteran looking for work? Secure work within the registered clubs industry in NSW, whether it is in management, catering or hospitality. This is an important and timely program that will help younger veterans move more easily back into civilian life. Please SHARE this opportunity with anyone who may be interested. DefenceCare is a supporter of this program.

1919 to 2013 Do Veterans' Aims Really Differ that Much from Generation to Generation?

Find out what was on the mind's of Veterans' following the First World War. Click here to read Minutes of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch Meetings from 1919 to 1929!

Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust

If you know someone in the Defence community who is struggling to meet financial commitments as a result of incapacity, death or disability, we may be able to help.

Australian Army History 1939 - Formation of the Second AIF

At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 Australia's Army was predominantly a part-time force that was limited by the Defence Act to service in Australian territory. In order to support Britain in the war in Europe the Australian Government announced, on 15 September, the formation of a 'special force' of 20,000 men for service 'at home or abroad as circumstances permit'.

Thinking of Joining the Australian Defence Force?

If you are looking at joining the Australian military you should be aware that any injuries or illnesses will be treated by the Army, Navy or Air Force while you are in the service. Once you take discharge, “accepted” medical conditions will be processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Training and Information Program

The Training & Information Program (TIP) is a joint venture between Ex-Service Organisations and the Department of Veteran's Affairs (DVA). DVA provides funding for training courses to assist volunteer compensation and welfare officers to work in the ex-service community.

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The RSL reborn: Modern day veterans to breathe new life into iconic institution

Australia's modern day war veterans will be enlisted by the RSL to revitalise the iconic institution.

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DVA Online Disability Pension Claim

Please note, when you apply for an online disability Pension on the DVA website, a web form (D2582) suggests that you are able to do this yourself in 'My Account' or online.

Be aware, if you make an error with your application and the claim is rejected, it's there forever and you may have a hard time trying to appeal your claim. Please seek assistance and guidance from the Pensions Officer at your Ex Service Organization before attempting to complete the form on-line.

Have You Lost Medals or Clasps

If you have lost or misplaced Medals or Clasps, you can get them replaced.

Latest News & Events

Veterans and Seniors Information Day

To celebrate Veterans Health Week, Gosford RSL Club is holding an afternoon tea for our Veterans & Senior community on Thursday 27 October 2016 between 2:30pm and 4:00pm. Click on the following link for more information.

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Ex-service Members' Health and their GP

The Australian Family Physician magazine issued to all members of the Australian College of General Practitioners. Their March edition is principally devoted to the Defence Community and their health care. All veteran family members should be encouraged to discuss the material with their GP so he/she does bother to read it and they are likewise familiar with it too.

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There are plans to attempt to resurrect support for a non aligned Veterans’ Support Centre here on the Central Coast. The aim is to draw all ESOs and independent Veteran Support Groups together to provide support for all veterans, and their families, as best we can while each ESO and support group retains its present autonomy. These centres are already successfully being operated in several areas.

It is proposed that a meeting be held at Ourimbah RSL on the 13th May 2016 starting at 10.30am. Whether we continue with this idea or not will be governed by the amount of support that we receive. If you would like to attend please RSVP by 6th May 2016 to:

Les Jacobs JP
Pensions Advocate
Doyalson/Wyee RSL Subbranch
PH: (02) 4390 9041

A proposed Agenda for the meeting can be viewed by clicking on the following link.

Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit

The Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit (CCIWE) has been created by local military historian Andrew Church who has opened up his extensive collection of uniforms, replica weapons, medals and war time artefacts from the different conflicts to the public.

Andrew is a member of the Gosford RSL Re-Enactment Group and has been a passionate supporter of Australia’s military for the past 30 years. He is also CEO of the Kreative Kaizen group of companies, which includes a consultation arm and accredited training through his registered training organisation, Eagle Wing Education & Training.

CCIWE is an interactive exhibit with sights and sounds straight from the Frontline. See dynamic dioramas, Anzac Cove, Frontline WWII, an army aid station, a radio communications exhibit and a WW2 war office...a fully restored Royal Australian Engineers Willys Jeep (which Andrew drives each year in the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day parades)...a genuine Australian Light Horse uniform…a stretcher used at Gallipoli… uniforms from WW1, WW2, Korea and Vietnam…and a modern day SAS trooper abseiling from the roof. To view some examples of the exhibits click on the following link.

To find out more information, visit the Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit website at the following link.

Reduced Deeming Rates Put Money Back In Veterans’ Pockets

Nearly 60,000 members of the veteran and defence communities will benefit from a decrease to deeming rates, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, announced on Monday 4th November 2013

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Disaster Assistance For Bush Fires

Please help us spread the word to any current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their immediate families living in NSW and affected by the bush fires. Social media is a very effective tool in disseminating information in times of disaster so please SHARE this with anyone you know. Together we can reach out to veterans and their immediate families who may need our help.

Remembrance Day Wednesday 11th November 2015

Remembrance Day (11 November) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

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SRCA "White Card" To Commence 10 December 2013

The Review of Military Compensation Arrangements in 2011 recommended extending DVA Treatment Card arrangements to former ADF members, whose conditions are accepted under the SRCA and who will have long-term treatment needs.

Under the new arrangements, SRCA clients who do not already have a treatment card will receive a White Card for specific conditions and have treatment paid for through DVA’s card arrangements.

2014 Sir Colin Hines Scholarship Awards

The Sir Colin Hines Scholarship Awards have been established by The Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch) to assist the children of Vietnam veterans with their education.

Annually, fifteen (15) Awards will be made to students who intend to undertake further study after leaving school. Such further study may be at a University, College or TAFE.

Each Award will comprise a cheque for $1,200 together with an appropriate Certificate to the student to commemorate the Award. It is intended that these Awards provide assistance to students commencing further studies, by enabling them to purchase essential equipment, textbooks and the like.

The Awards are open to children of all Vietnam Veterans including allied countries. The veteran's membership of the RSL is not a prerequisite.

Applications will also be considered from students leaving school before the end of Year 12. Such cases will need to be supported by school reports provided by the applicant. Details of the Scholarship are distributed to all HSC students in their HSC Results Package annually.

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Membership of the RSL of NSW
Applications for membership of RSL NSW are invited from persons who meet the following criteria:
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Australian Partners of Defence (APOD)

Australian Partners of Defence (APOD) provides Australian Defence Force families free membership access to the 2013 APOD - Defence Discount online program which once registered allows them to access discounts and offers pledged from 1000's of retailers Australia wide.

We are all about Australian Defence members, their partners and families wherever they are across our sun-burnt country and beyond. We’re about lightening the load and reducing the hardship many families experience supporting our armed forces.

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