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Sub-Branch Administration (The Sub-Branch Hall and Office at 70 Wollombi Road Cessnock is open most Thursdays between 0930 and 1300 commencing 27th January 2022)
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Please see below information from Donaldson Law regarding the deadline for reports to the Defence Ombudsman. Cathy Every Compensation Advocacy Manager | Legacy Club Services 47 York Street SYDNEY NSW 2000 T: 92489007 M: 0409321227 W: legacy.com.au From: Tammy Allwood <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tuesday, 12 April 2022 10:02 AM Subject: Finer details re Defence Ombudsman scheme conversation spoken with Adair Donaldson By way of a quick introduction, my name is Tammy Allwood, I work closely alongside Adair Donaldson. Following on from your phone call with Adair earlier today, I have been asked to send you an email with some finer details of the Defence Ombudsman scheme, our hope is that we can call on a few of our contacts like yourself to help share this important information more widely. As Adair would have mentioned the deadline for reports to be made to the Defence Ombudsman is quickly approaching being 30th June 2022. Our biggest concern is that the following information is not readily available, and to date many eligible personnel would no€™t have even heard about this scheme. Below you will find more background on this scheme written by Adair, we trust you find this useful. Further to this, I have LINKED HERE an article that our team have had published by Defence Connect listing various FAQs and answers about the process to help both past and currently serving members understand if they are eligible, I thought you might like to have a read of this yourself, and perhaps if you feel appropriate on share accordingly. Defence Ombudsman Background Since 2011 we have been looking after both veterans and serving members who have experienced trauma during their time in the ADF. As you know initially veterans were able to apply to the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce for a reparation payment to up $50,000 that did not affect any other entitlements. Unfortunately, in 2015 this came to an end. Many veterans were unaware of its existence and as a result they missed out on not only receiving the payment but also the acknowledgement and apology for the systemic failings that allowed the abuse to occur. As a result of our combined lobbying the Govt then introduced the scheme through the Defence Ombudsman that allowed both current and past ADF members to apply for a reparation payment for cases of abuse. This scheme was supposed to close last year but they extended it until 30 June 2022 €“ only a few months away. It is very unlikely that it will be extended again. What this means Veterans who experienced trauma as a result of abuse must lodge an application to the Defence Force Ombudsman by the 30 June 2022. Failing to do so means they will be barred and lose their chance. Our Concerns. Since the start of the Defence Force Ombudsman reparation scheme we have assisted more than 300 veterans. Many of these were boy sailors/soldiers/airmen who did their training at the likes of HMAS Leeuwin, HMAS Nerimba, HMAS Cerberus, Wagga Wagga, Balcombe, Holsworthy, Singleton and Kapooka. A lot of these men are now 60-70 years of age and have never spoken about their experiences. A lot of them figure that everybody went through it so it is no use complaining. As a result, they continue to suffer in silence. The Commonwealth to its credit has set up this process to attempt to give them some closure by acknowledging the systemic failings but also making the payment of up to $50,000. This is a significant amount for a lot of veterans. As the payment is a reparation amount it is a one-off payment that is tax free and does not impact any other entitlements that they may have To be very clear it does not impact Gold Cards or any DVA benefits. We know that there are so many veterans out there who survived trauma under the guise of hazing or inductions or who were assaulted by fellow members of the ADF. Examples like being attacked in showers, being made to hang from rafters, being humiliated in front of fellow soldiers and being assaulted with different items. These behaviors are no longer a secret. As you know the ADF has acknowledged that these behaviors occurred, and it welcomes veterans coming forward and sharing their trauma as it gives them a chance to address the wrongs that occurred. Your Help Unfortunately, the Commonwealth is not advertising or drawing attention to the fact that the scheme is about to end. As a result, we are trying to reach as many veterans as we can to make them aware of the pending deadline. We are more than happy to provide anybody with advice in relation to their rights pro bono. As someone who comes from a military family and who has served himself I (Adair Donaldson) am committed to doing all I can to make veterans aware of this opportunity. These men and women have suffered in the name of their service, and we want them to know about this opportunity before they lose it. Further, as we have done for other RSL organisations, we are more than happy to provide information sessions so that your advocates understand the time limitations and what is required. I would therefore be grateful if you could circulate this information as far and as wide as you can. If anybody has any queries, I urge them to contact us so we can provide them with more details of what it is required for them to lodge their application. Kind regards, Tammy Donaldson Law is open for business. Due to the current circumstances, our team is working both remotely and in our offices and we are available via phone or email. Our clients remain our number one priority, as is staff safety. We appreciate your patience during this time. Tammy Allwood Executive Assistant m +61481570188 e email@example.com Sydney Office Ground Floor, 19Â Foster Street Surry HillsÂ NSW 2010 02 8076 6024 Toowoomba Office Level 1,11 Annand Street PO Box 827 Toowoomba QLD 4350 07 4580 0900 donaldsonlaw.com.auÂ
RSL/Bunnings BBQ Fundraisers
Bunnings have re-commenced Community BBQs' and our next fundraising BBQ's at Bunnings Cessnock will be on Saturday the 14th May , 28th May, 12th June, 15th July and 20th August 8am to 4pm. Volunteers to assist most welcome.
SUB-BRANCH MEETINGS ARE NOW BACK TO ALMOST NORMAL COMMENCING AT 1000 HRS ON THE 1st TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH EXCEPT JANUARY. SUB-BRANCH EXECUTIVE MEMBERS ARE NOW BACK AT THE HALL EVERY THURSDAY COMMENCING 14TH OCTOBER BETWEEN 0930 AND 1300 SHOULD MEMBERS AND LOCAL VETERANS WISH TO DROP IN FOR A CHAT AND A COFFEE.
COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS
A COVID-19 Safety plan is now in place at the RSL Hall. Seating has been arranged to meet the current social distancing requirements and sanitising equipment is in place at the entrance and throughout the hall. To meet the record keeping requirements, the sign-in sheet has been modified to comply with the Covid 19 compliance instructions. The co-operation of members in complying with these measures is appreciated.
Next Sub-Branch meeting 10am Tuesday 7th June 2022.
Our members Dinners for this year are scheduled as follows:
Wednesday 13th July 12 for 12.30pm this will be a catered lunch at our RSL Hall.
Tuesday 6th December 2022 Our Christmas meeting commencing at 5,30pm followed by our Christmas Dinner at 6.30for 7pm at a venue yet to be confirmed.
Quarterly Sub-Branch Newsletter
The latest newsletter is now available for download.
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RSL Australia submission to Consultation on Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide
I am pleased to advise that following the request for feedback from sub-Branches through District Councils, RSL NSW has contributed to the RSL Australia submission on the Themes for Consultation to inform the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide which was lodged on 21 May. You can read the submission here.
RSL State Branches across the country (except Queensland) provided member feedback which contributed to the RSL Australia submission.
The feedback received was consistent across the Branches, and predominantly in these areas:
The submission also communicated RSL members’ views on the scope of the Royal Commission, the need for clarity between the function of the Royal Commissioner/s and the role of the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention and the importance of reviewing the previous work in this area.
We will continue to listen to and advocate for all veterans throughout the Royal Commission. The RSL NSW Strategic Plan, which was formulated following consultation with members, has set us up well to be the leading agents of change to improve the lives of veterans.
RSL NSW President
Your membership is important to the Club as it is only through our members that the important work of supporting our veterans and their families can continue.
Account Name: Returned Service League of Australia, Cessnock Sub-Branch,
BSB: 012 570
Account No: 4507 10915
Ref: Your name or Badge No.
Our Executive Members are committed to assisting returned and service men and women in our local community. Come and join us.
PATRON: Chief Inspector Michael Gorman NSW Police
PRESIDENT : Max Lewis
VICE-PRESIDENT: Lindsay Davis
VICE-PRESIDENT: Chris Lewis
TREASURER: Lindsay Davis
SECRETARY: David Owens
Cessnock RSL Sub-Branch was first Chartered on the 8th August 1928. At that time its membership consisted of veterans returning from active service in the Boer and First World Wars. The Club received an updated charter on the 30th June 1987 by which time its membership had been expanded to include all those men and women who had served in the Defence Forces of Australia and her Allies.
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