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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC


29 August 2018

Ex-Service Organisations Receive Funding Boost

More than $3.8 million in funding will be provided to veteran organisations providing essential advice, advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families along with war widows and widowers through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said ex-service organisations (ESOs) were making a real difference in the lives of veterans and Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, by providing essential services they need and this funding will go a long way to continue this.

"I am pleased to announce that this year the BEST grants program will support 159 ex-service organisations across Australia to continue providing support and advice to the veteran community," Mr Chester said.

"The ESO community in Australia plays an essential role in supporting our veterans and this funding helps these organisations continue their essential work — veterans helping other veterans, when they need it.

"Congratulations to all successful organisations and thank you for the work that you do to support our veterans and their families."

Mr Chester said BEST grants fund ESOs for a range of veteran support measures, including salaries for trained advocates and pension staff, essential office supplies, computer equipment, internet access or other administrative needs.

"This Government is committed to providing ongoing support for our many veterans, war widows and widowers, current serving ADF personnel and their families by delivering the essential services they rely on," Mr Chester said.

For more information on BEST grants visit or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 for regional callers.


Media Contacts:

Whil Prendergast: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466

Office of the Hon Darren Chester MP, Canberra

Note: A list of grant recipients follows. All figures are GST exclusive. In accordance with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines, approved grants will be added to the list on the DVA website within 14 days of the funding agreement between DVA and the organisation taking effect.

Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants

Round 20 (2018–19)

To support Ex-Service Organisations advocates in providing advice and assistance to the Veteran and Defence communities

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Ex-Service Organisation Electorate Amount
Woden Valley RSL Sub Branch Inc Canberra $19,184.15
Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Federation ACT Inc Fenner $74,420.80
The Legacy Club of Canberra Inc Canberra $34,226.62

New South Wales (NSW)

Ex-Service Organisation Electorate Amount
Forster Tuncurry Sub Branch RSL Lyne $2,448.21
City of Lismore Sub Branch Page $2,450.00
Dungog Sub Branch RSL NSW BRANCH Lyne $4,266.67
Windsor District Sub Branch of the RSL Macquarie $2,532.01
Moruya RSL Sub Branch Gilmore $2,065.12
RSL Cardiff Sub Branch Shortland $4,854.52
Toukley RSL Sub Branch Dobell $2,574.30
RSL of Australia Tamworth Sub-Branch New England $37,800.00
RSL DefenceCare Sydney $199,271.35
Ourimbah Lisarow RSL Dobell $1,501.68
RSL Nowra Sub Branch Gilmore $5,771.85
Woy Woy Ettalong Hardy’s Bay RSL Sub-Branch Robertson $7,112.79
Far North Coast Legacy Page $7,157.43
Tamworth Legacy New England $1,473.72
Legacy NSW Associated Clubs Sydney $93,380.80
Newcastle Legacy – Port Stephens Veterans Network Paterson $43,438.58
Newcastle Legacy Fund Newcastle $53,219.17
Veterans' Advocacy Centre Ballina RSL Sub-branch Richmond $7,392.12
Woonona-Bulli R S L Memorial Club Ltd Cunningham $17,483.83
Veterans Centre Mid North Coast Dorrigo Memorial RSL and Golf Club Cowper $27,469.19
Rooty Hill Sub-Section of the NAA Incorporated Chifley $3,382.00
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Far North Coast NSW Sub Branch Lyne $15,269.89
Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy Robertson $6,773.92
Newcastle & Hunter Region Vietnam Veterans Incorporated Newcastle $10,000.00
Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association of Australia (NSW Branch) Parramatta $232,744.87
Eurobodalla Vietnam Veterans Incorporated Gilmore $4,918.00
Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemakers Veterans Association Incorporated Richmond $64,603.78
Illawarra Veterans Entitlement Service Incorporated Gilmore $33,212.94
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Macarthur Sub Branch Inc Macarthur $2,640.00
Coffs Harbour Legacy Welfare Fund Cowper $13,927.06
Tweed Heads and Coolangatta RSL Sub Branch Incorporated Richmond $32,460.71
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia – New South Wales Branch Incorporated Cunningham $3,069.15
Integrated Servicepeople's Association of Australia Incorporated Riverina $16,844.17
Mudgee & Districts Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association Inc Calare $4,358.12
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia – St Marys Lindsay $94,635.58
Illawarra Sub Branch Vietnam Veterans Association of Australis (NSW Branch) Inc Cunningham $3,050.00
Mudgee & Districts Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers of Australia – Central Robertson $32,362.72
Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches Mackellar $30,346.41
Hastings Manning Macleay Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association Cowper $29,087.57
Hunter Legacy Appeals Fund Paterson $5,785.27
War Widow's Guild of Australia NSW LTD Sydney $99,461.38

Northern Territory (NT)

Ex-Service Organisation Electorate Amount
Veterans Australia NT Inc Lingari $8,617.02
Palmerston RSL Sub Branch Solomon $14,809.61
RSL (SA Branch) Darwin Sub Branch Solomon $10,474.18

Queensland (Qld)

Ex-Service Organisation Electorate Amount
Armed Services Assistance Centre – HMAS Hobart Association (Queensland) Inc Bonner $969.71
Bribie Island & District Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Sub Branch Longman $2,130.00
Armed Services Assistance Centre Inc Brisbane $63,140.53
Far East Strategic Reserve Association Griffith $1,850.00
Vietnam Logistic Support Veterans' Association Inc Ryan $2,110.00
Royal Australian Communications Branch Association Griffith $2,340.00
HMAS Perth National Association Inc Qld Area Ryan $1,990.00
RSL OF Australia (QLD Branch) Goodna Sub Branch Oxley $13,026.46
RSL of Australia (QLD Branch) Laidley RSL Sub Branch Wright $17,162.04
RSL (QLD Branch) Lowood Sub Branch Blair $45,146.93
Boonah RSL Sub Branch Wright $9,650.00
Esk RSL Sub Branch Blair $11,650.00
Redbank RSL Sub Branch Oxley $3,696.00
Gatton Sub Branch Wright $13,950.00
RSL (QLD)Toogoolawah RSL Sub Branch Inc Blair $1,550.00
Ipswich Sub Branch RSL Blair $9,000.00
RSL (QLD) Grantham Ma Ma Creek Sub Branch Wright $5,550.00
Kalbar Sub Branch Wright $3,900.00
Ipswich Railway Sub Branch Blair $11,950.00
Moreton District PAWS Management Blair $10,746.78
Blackbutt RSL and Citizens Memorial Club Maranoa $2,160.00
RSL (QLD) Redbank Plains Sub Branch Blair $1,415.00
Kenmore Moggill Sub Branch Inc Ryan $1,250.00
Centenary RSL Sub branch Oxley $1,580.00
RSL (QLD Branch) Currumbin Palm Beach McPherson $28,165.91
RSL (QLD Branch) Far Northern District – Gordonvale Sub Branch RSL Kennedy $13,617.53
RSL (QLD Branch) Hervey Bay Sub Branch Hinkler $49,552.88
RSL (QLD Branch) Sandgate Sub Branch Lilley $24,241.26
RSL (QLD Branch) Tewantin-Noosa Sub Branch Wide Bay $18,600.00
Veterans Care Association Inc Brisbane $15,159.80
Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex-Servicepersons Association (Townsville) Inc Herbert $1,474.00
Veterans of Australia Association Inc Hinkler $47,448.85
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia QLD Branch – Hervey Bay City Sub Branch Hinkler $48,660.16
Defence Force Welfare Association (Queensland Branch) Inc Brisbane $14,153.60
RSL (QLD Branch) Redlands Sub Branch Bowman $47,326.49
Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Geebung Zillmere Branch Lilley $10,590.42
Returned & Services League Of Australia (Queensland Branch) Manly-Lota Sub-Branch Bonner $18,846.67
Vietnam Veterans' Federation Townsville Inc Herbert $14,560.18
The Returned and Services League of Australia (Qld) Pine Rivers District Sub-Branch Dickson $4,944.31
RSL (QLD Branch) Kingaroy – Memeram Maranoa $8,067.00
RSL (QLD Branch) Cooroy Pomona Sub Branch Wide Bay $20,600.00
National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Queensland) Inc Griffith $49,485.72
RSL (QLD Branch) Gaythorne Sub Branch Ryan $12,625.83
Townsville Sub Branch Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Inc Herbert $4,746.78
RSL (QLD Branch) Beenleigh & District Forde $6,450.53
RSL (QLD Branch) Banyo Sub Branch Lilley $4,903.10
RSL (QLD Branch) Wondai Sub-branch In Flynn $550.00
Veterans Support Centre Lockyer/Brisbane Valley Wright $15,787.86
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia Bundaberg and District Sub-Branch Inc Hinkler $3,088.70
The Australian Army Aviation Association Inc Ryan $3,061.00
Vietnam Veterans' Federation of Australia Queensland Branch Inc Moncrieff $158,176.94
RSL (QLD Branch) Samford Sub-Branch Dickson $14,125.42
Veterans Support and Advocacy Service Australia Inc Ryan $42,012.00
Naval Association of Australia Queensland Section Griffith $8,123.36
RSL (QLD Branch) Gympie Sub-Branch Inc Wide Bay $3,516.23
Legacy Club of Fraser Coast And Country Burnett Incorporated Wide Bay $11,322.17
RSL (QLD Branch) National Servicemen Capricornia $10,510.00
RSL (QLD Branch) Far Northern District Leichhardt $4,435.00
RSL (QLD Branch) Greenbank Sub-Branch Rankin $8,227.12
RSL (QLD Branch) Maryborough Sub Branch Wide Bay $14,456.08
RSL (QLD Branch) Wide Bay and Burnett Hinkler $53,685.00
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia – Queensland Branch Inc Longman $5,310.34
RSL (QLD Branch) Brisbane $277,834.06
RSL (QLD Branch) Townsville Sub-Branch Inc Herbert $88,501.23
Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association Queensland Branch Inc Dickson $50,437.13
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Queensland Branch Inc Longman $4,370.00
RSL (QLD Branch) Atherton Sub Branch Kennedy $5,856.00
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Queensland Branch Brisbane North Inc Dickson $2,788.00
RSL (QLD Branch) Cairns Sub Branch Leichhardt $16,831.38
The Legacy Club of Brisbane Limited Griffith $65,500.34
RSL (QLD Branch)  Sherwood Indooroopilly Moreton $6,468.91

South Australia

Ex-Service Organisation Electorate Amount
RSL (McLaren Vale & District Sub Branch) Incorporated – Ex-Service Persons Pension Office Mayo $3,136.58
Submarines Association of Australia South Australia Incorporated Port Adelaide $700.00
RSL Payneham Sub Branch Inc Sturt $3,208.41
Plympton Glenelg RSL Sub Branch Inc Hindmarsh $13,683.64
RAAF Association Mitcham Branch Inc Boothby $4,312.00
Anzac Remembrance Appeal – 1965 Trust Fund Inc Adelaide $43,711.88
Legacy Club of Adelaide Inc Adelaide $43,409.75
Vietnam Veterans Federation South Australian Branch Inc Boothby $5,650.00

Tasmania (Tas)

Ex-Service Organisation Electorate Amount
Tasmanian Ex-Service and Serving Support Association Inc Denison $89,652.00
The Australia Federation of Totally and Permanently incapacitated Ex Servicemen Denison $22,024.61

Victoria (Vic)

Ex-Service Organisation Electorate Amount
Wimmera Veterans Centre Mallee $18,361.66
Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre Gippsland $21,507.88
Hume Veterans' Information Centre Indi $76,492.89
Swan Hill & District Veterans Information Centre Mallee $7,046.23
Central Victorian Veterans' Support Centre Bendigo $73,531.57
Inner Melbourne Metropolitan Veterans Service & Support Centre  (MVSSC) Melbourne Ports $49,833.38
Geelong Surfcoast Regional Veteran Centre Corangamite $41,752.01
Goulburn Valley Veterans Centre Murray $5,698.53
Leongatha RSL Sub Branch Inc McMillan $8,218.63
Southern Peninsula Veterans' Centre Flinders $47,864.92
Echuca Moama Regional Veterans Welfare Centre Murray $7,980.00
West Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre McMillan $5,550.00
Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch Inc Ballarat $18,000.00
The Partners of Veterans Associations of Australia Victoria Branch Inc Ballarat $15,000.00
Mornington Peninsula Legacy Club Inc Dunkley $22,981.74
Torquay RSL Sub Branch Inc Corangamite $5,240.00
Portarlington St Leonards RSL Sub Branch Corio $2,184.83

Western Australia (WA)

Ex-Service Organisation Electorate Amount
The Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Incorporated – Armadale RSL Sub Branch Burt $3,348.00
RSL of Australia WA Branch Incorporated – Returned & Services League Busselton Sub Branch Forrest $22,659.70
Pinjarra RSL Sub Branch Canning $604.57
Australian Navy in Vietnam Veterans Welfare Association of WA Inc Cowan $5,955.92
Defence Force Welfare Association (WA Branch) Incorporated Curtin $7,520.00
Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association (WA) Tangney $6,139.96
Western Australia Branch of the Partners of Veterans Association of Australia Inc Perth $1,427.30
Partners of Veterans Association WA Inc Perth $2,681.57
Legacy Fund of Perth Inc Perth $39,574.30
RSL WA Branch Incorporated Perth $42,460.02
Australian Special Air Service Association Incorporated Curtin $9,554.76
Vietnam Logistic Support Veterans Association WA Inc Fremantle $16,126.00
RSL City of Rockingham Sub Branch Brand $2,600.00
The Port Kennedy RSL Sub Branch Inc Brand $5,176.80


Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.