Each year 50% of the money collected on Poppy Day is allocated to The WA Aged Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Relief Trust Fund (WAASSAARFT).
This fund provides financial grants to help our veterans, widows, dependents or ex- ADF members in times of hardship.
Funds can be used for the following or any other necessity of life for the veteran and their dependents:
- Rent arrears and security bonds
- Outstanding utility accounts
- Replacement of white goods
- Removal costs
- School fees
- Mobility Products
- Motor vehicle repairs
- Funeral assistance
How do I Apply?
Application forms are only available to Western Australian residents and are available from the Welfare Officer at ANZAC House; the Administrator of the Trust Fund.
You can also download the WAASSAARFT Application here.
Evidence of financial hardship needs to be established for assistance to be provided.
Every application for assistance is ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ and all documents evaluated by the WA Aged Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Relief Fund Trust are discussed with no-one else but the Trustees and Administrator and filed securely.
Monthly Grants are paid to Veterans experiencing ongoing hardship: Veterans applying for a monthly grant are usually interviewed at home by one of the Trustees. This ensures a true account of the veteran’s circumstances and needs are established.
As directed by the 1932 Act, three Trustees are appointed by the State Governor to distribute these monies. The RSL nominates just ONE Trustee – the other two are proven responsible citizens, independently nominated, who may not be allied to the RSL. This measure was always designed to give the Trust complete independence, without interference from any body, or any organisation.
The Trustees meet on the second Tuesday of each month and will consider and evaluate all reasonable requests. Nonetheless, financial grants tend to be restricted to those genuinely in need and unable to pay for some item or purpose which they simply cannot afford by themselves.