The Sub-Branch provides a number of Services to veterans, service personnel and their families to assist them with information, entitlements and comfort in time of need.
Below is a summary of services offered by the RSL in South Australia.
More details about Advocacy and Welfare can be obtained from the State Branch web site
More details about K9 Assistance Dog Program can be obtained from the State Branch web site
The Virtual War Memorial Australia website is an outstanding commemorative collection, purpose built to honour the personal experiences of all those who have served the nation in times of conflict, from the Boer War through to Afghanistan. It pays special honour to those who lost their lives as a result of their service and equally honours those who returned, forever changed.
It is based at ANZAC House, Torrens Training Depot, Victoria Drive, Adelaide and can be accessed
Apart from conducting public ceremonies on ANZAC Day (April 25th.) and Remembrance Day (November 11th.) members of the RSL are avaialble to attend funerals of veterans and visit schools and other community organisations to conduct commemoration activities.
The "Ode" and Last Post are used at official RSL events.
Listen to the Ode by clicking on the Play button below.
Listen to The Last Post by clicking on the Play button below.
For the words and more details about the Ode
Please call us on (08) 8384 6232 for further information.
Services offered by RSL SA
A number of trained and experienced staff are available to provide assistance to RSL members, currently serving and ex-service personnel with military entitlements, wellbeing and lifestyle, pension, compensation and advocacy matters.
They are able to understand the Repatriation System, assist personnel and their dependents in their dealings with the Department of Veterans' Affairs, understand and interpret the relevant laws and regulations, elicit information from members and other witnesses to prepare claims, and evaluate factual evidence and medical opinion.
Please Note: RSL membership is not necessary for the free services provided by our Pensions and Welfare Office.
Advocates advise personnel and their dependants on the lodgement of appeals to the Veterans' Review Board and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. They also present cases on behalf of personnel and their dependants. They assist personnel in applying for DVA pensions, military compensation, benefits and income supplementation.
ADF personnel may be covered under various federal government Acts - VEA, SRCA, MRCA and DRCA. Our ATDP qualified, trained advocates are able to assist all Ex-Service personnel and their partners in the preparation and submission of claims for allowances and entitlements. They will also assist in the appeal process if required.
Wellbeing Officers assist clients with information about health and community services which may be available to them. They also gather information on local community services and how to access them, as well as communicate with service providers.
SA State Branch can provide assistance to Ex-Service persons or their spouses who are resident in SA/NT and who are in necessitous circumstances.
For British Ex-service persons, or their dependants, the SA Branch process claims for assistance through the welfare organisations in Britain.
The Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme provides rehabilitation, treatment and compensation for ADF members who suffer mental or physical injury or contract a disease as a result of service on or after 1 July 2004.
Serving ADF members who have been injured at work or who have an illness or disease caused or aggravated by their military employment and who need assistance can submit claims.
EX-MILITARY RESOURCE CENTRE
Assistance is available for ex-service persons who may be having difficulty in assimilating into everyday life after suffering some form of medical condition or those persons who merely wish to relearn occupational skills to facilitate a career move.
AFTER HOURS CARE
Veterans Mental Health issues take various forms - confusion, dementia, suicide threat, anxiety, aggression.
There are varying degrees of resolution - GP through to hospital/facility admission, telephone helplines, family intervention.
Medical emergencies are covered by the state health systems.
This is a joint program provided by two not-for-profit organisations; the South Australian Branch of the Returned & Services League (RSL SA) and the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB).
Operation K9 dogs are provided to Veterans of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) who have a diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
An Operation K9 dog is an accredited assistance dog that can provide benefits in terms of companionship, independence and assistance in social situations as well as range of client specific tasks tailored to the veteran's needs.