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Our Impact

Statistics in RSLWA’s latest annual report show that, in 2020, we provided a broad range of programs and services to support current and former ADF members and their families.

$6,191,067

DVA Payments

13,879 

Veteran contacts

9,144 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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Changes to Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA)

New legislation which came into effect on 1 January 2022 will provide an increase in social security payments for some veterans.

The changes made the Disability Compensation Payment (formerly known as Disability Pension) exempt from the income test under the Social Security Act 1991

Centrelink payments, such as the Age Pension, will increase as a result and removes the need for DFISA. In addition, Rent Assistance became available, or increased, for some veterans.

These changes were announced by email from the DVA Secretary in early December 2021, however, some letters were delayed which meant some veterans did not know why their DFISA payment had been reduced prior to 13 January.

Those who had previously received DFISA found that on the first payday of 2022, part of the DFISA payment was reduced. 

On payday 27 January, there will be no DFISA paid, however, social security payments from Centrelink will increase accordingly. 

The part payment on 13 January was made because the effective date of 1 January fell in the middle of the pay period. As Centrelink paydays differ for each person, payments did not align with DVA veteran paydays.

Veterans and their partners do not need to do anything, as the payments will be made automatically.  

Further information can be found on the DFISA page of the Department of Veterans Affairs website www.dva.gov.au under “What’s New”: https://www.dva.gov.au/financial-support/income-support/allowances/defence-force-income-support-allowance-dfisa 

Expression of Interest - Fundraising Committee

RSLWA is seeking Expressions of Interest from two suitably qualified persons with experience in fundraising and a willingness to share knowledge pro bono supporting the remit of the Committee's Terms of Reference (TOR). 

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 RSLWA’s activities.  

In an effort to fund such programs RSLWA is seeking Expressions of Interest from two suitably qualified persons with experience in fundraising and a willingness to share knowledge pro bono supporting the remit of the Committee's Terms of Reference (TOR). 

The purpose of the Fundraising Committee is to:

  • Conduct strategic decision making on short, medium and long term fundraising as an ongoing source of income for the organisation;
  • Recommend strategies and opportunities to the RSLWA’s Board of Directors; and
  • Consider PBI and DGR implications and opportunities when determining fundraising activities.

Note:  RSLWA is a Public Benevolent Institution and has had Deductible Gift Recipient status since 15 July 2017.

The Committee will focus on two major events in 2022. These events will consist of a Golf Day in May and a Veterans Ball in November. Successful candidates will join the current Committee of three one of which is the Chair. Ideally, we seek your expertise and knowledge within Perth’s network of large corporate organisations, philanthropists and entrepreneurs who wish to support our Veteran Community. 

Successful candidates must be willing to contribute their time and experience. The Committee will meet on a monthly basis at ANZAC House Veterans Centre on the second Tuesday of the month at 1600 (4 pm).

Applications should include a brief letter outlining the skills and experience the candidate would bring to the position. Applications should be typed and no more than 300 words.

Applications should be sent to the Chairman, RSLWA Nominations Committee,

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No Proof, No Pass – ANZAC House Restricted by COVID-19 Directions

Under the State Government’s new COVID-19 Directions Orders ANZAC House will be affected by the directions which require any hospitality venue with a capacity of more than 500 persons/patrons to request Proof of Vaccination to enter.

These directions will relate to any patrons visiting Level 1 or attending events, within the function areas on Levels 5, 6 and 7, and will come into effect from Monday, 17 January 2022 when the ANZAC Club re-opens and other activities recommence on the upper floors.

These floors have a combined capacity of greater than 500 patrons/persons and form the dedicated licensed areas as per RSLWA’s Liquor Licence endorsed by the Director of Liquor Licensing under the Liquor Control Act 1988.

Under the provisions ANZAC House is classified as a High-Risk Venue – COVID RESTRICTIONS (GATHERINGS AND RELATED MEASURES) DIRECTIONS (No.3) – and RSLWA must comply with the provisions in accordance with its approved licence areas, irrespective of whether these areas are not always used for functions (for example, meetings or seminars).

Penalties for non-compliance range in fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for owners.

Any person within ANZAC House or who are external visitors must provide Proof of Vaccination to enter these four Levels.

All ANZAC Club staff have complied with the mandatory vaccinations requirements, as per group 2 occupations and workplaces.

The State Government has imposed these restrictions to help prevent the further spread of COVID.

Media Release: Grants Open for our Veteran Community

The 2021-22 rounds of the Veteran and Community Grants and Supporting Younger Veterans Grants are now open for applications.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said the grants deliver valuable funding to local community organisations providing activities and services that support the wellbeing of veterans and their families.

“Recent grant funding has gone to a wide variety of support programs including wellness weekends and care packages for Defence members, fishing and sporting activities and even off-road racing,” Minister Gee said.

“I recently had the opportunity to catch some waves with veterans from previous grant recipient, the Veteran Surf Project at Gerroa in New South Wales, and saw firsthand the truly remarkable positive impact it’s having for local veterans.

“Their program brings veterans together, gets them talking, gets them active and gives them something to look forward to each week. It can be literally life changing for some of those who participate.

“With this latest round of funding, I hope we can support many more groups like this.

“We want to see applications for practical projects and activities that support safe, accessible environments for veterans and their families to enable social connections and improve wellbeing.

“These grants will help improve and expand existing services, build capacity for future projects, and raise awareness of the issues facing local veterans.

“I meet regularly with many ex-service organisations and have enormous respect for the critical role they play in providing mateship, advocacy and support.”

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for local, community-based projects and activities. A small number of grants of up to $150,000 are also available for projects that deliver wellbeing support services and activities of broad scale benefit to the veteran community.

The Australian Government is investing $32 million this financial year alone in grant programs to help the many groups that provide complementary services to our veterans.

The 2021-22 grants rounds are now open online through the Community Grants Hub and close 20 January 2022. For information about how to apply for grants online, see the Community Grants Hub website: www.communitygrants.gov.au.