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Our Impact

Statistics in RSLWA’s latest annual report show that, in 2021, we provided a broad range of programs and services to support current and former ADF members and their families.

$18,095,873

DVA Payments

1,531 

Veterans supported

9,181 members

across Western Australia

To continue to provide vital assistance to Veterans and their families, RSLWA is thankful for the great support of Western Australians. 
Any donations you can provide will directly fund our Veteran services.

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Expression of Interest for Finance Advisory Committee

RSLWA is seeking expressions of interest from fully financial service members who are highly motivated and possess previous financial and business experience that includes knowledge and skills in; governance, finance, legal and veteran’s issues. The successful applicant will commence their term from December 2022 for a period of 6 months. Extension post June 2023 likely.

RSLWA are leaders in the care of the veteran community through their pursuance of dynamic welfare and advocacy programs to the benefit of its members. These programs form the core responsibilities of our activities. All Financial Advisory Committee members are expected to have:

 Tertiary qualifications with leadership experience and a member of their professional body;

 Sound financial management expertise and experience;

 Sound technical understanding in taxation and accounting;

 A high level of accuracy and excellent attention to detail;

 Development of financial reports in accordance with compliance provisions;

 Knowledge of contracts, asset management and insurances;

 An interest in and desire to contribute to the vision, values, planning and strategies of RSLWA by providing services and support to veterans and their families;

 Ability to contribute to RSLWAs strategic direction;

 Ability to contribute to the organisations growth and viability;

 Highly developed communications skills; and,

 Sound analytical ability and experience of good practice relating to governance.

Candidates may provide brief examples of the above in their submission.

Applications should include a brief letter outlining the skills and experience that the candidate brings to the Board. Applications should be typed and no more than 400 words.

Applications should be sent to the Chairman, RSLWA Nominations Committee, C/- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1200, Wednesday 30 November 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

Port Kennedy Careers Summit

A free event connecting Veterans and their families with local employers.

New RSLWA CEO appointed

The Returned and Services League of Australia WA Branch Incorporated (RSLWA) is pleased to announce that the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Vince Connelly has taken up the position at ANZAC House Veteran Central.

RSLWA State President Duncan Anderson congratulated Mr Connelly on his appointment saying Vince’s first-hand experiences as a veteran, in business and in the community position him well as a strong leader and advocate for RSLWA.

“As an ex-Australian Army officer, business consultant and former member of the House of Representatives, Vince will bring to the role extensive experience in risk and crisis management,” Mr Anderson said.

“Under the leadership of outgoing CEO John McCourt, RSLWA has developed the ground breaking Veteran Central model of service delivery for veterans and Vince brings strong credentials to the role to take that forward and help it grow and develop.

“I look forward to working with Vince to ensure RSLWA continues to deliver high quality services and support for the WA Veteran Community.”

Mr Connelly said, “I feel immensely privileged to be stepping into the role of CEO at RSLWA. For generations, RSL has supported WA veterans and their families. My wife Peta and I are both former Army officers, so we’re both passionate about serving those who’ve served our great nation.

“RSL is a deeply respected brand in WA, and we’re delivering great services – but our challenge is to remain fit for purpose. Without forgetting those who’ve gone before us, how do we speak more directly to those who’ve served more recently – or are still serving? That’s a question I’m determined to answer”.

Mr Connelly received a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian Defence Force Academy and completed officer training, graduating with a Diploma of Personnel Management from the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

Vince served as a Company Grade Officer on operations in East Timor and the Solomon Islands. He also took part in several military exchange programs including with the United States Marine Corps, the Singapore Armed Forces and the Malaysian Armed Forces. After leaving the Army, Vince worked with a cross-section of top-tier public and private organisations to help them manage operational and business risks. While in the corporate sector, Vince continued serving in the Army Reserve, where he was promoted to Major. His final posting was to the SAS Regiment at Campbell Barracks, WA.

Moving into politics, Vince served as a Federal member of the House of Representatives for the Division of Stirling in Western Australia from 2019 until the seat's abolition in 2022.

Vince has a wife, Peta, and three teenage children. He has been an active member of the Scarborough Surf Life Saving Club, Legacy WA, the North Beach RSL Sub-Branch, the Lions Club of North Beach and the Veterans Transition Centre.

Free Small Business Support Programme for Veterans

A pilot programme designed to assist veterans and their partners looking to establish their own business was launched by RSLWA in the Co-working Space at ANZAC House this week.

 The free programme, which has links to industries and is supported by the Small Business Development Corporation, is tailored to veterans and their partners. 
 
The first session on Monday, 25 July took participants through the ‘must have’ and ‘might needs’ required when setting up a new business. 
 
RSLWA new CEO Vince Connelly dropped in on the session to get an understanding of what the participants sought to gain from the programme.
 
“Veterans bring amazing skills and attitudes back to society, and to the workforce.” Vince said. 
 
“These sessions are tailored to help harness veterans’ energy by providing guidance and support to their new business endeavours. It’s also helping us showcase the amazing new co-working spaces and resources in Anzac House”.
 
To register your interest or find out more about the programme email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 9287 3799.