For some time, RSL-SA has been trying to manage rising operational costs against a decline in revenue.
Our situation has become increasingly difficult and, yesterday afternoon, the State Board unanimously voted to put RSL-SA into Voluntary Administration.
A leading accounting firm, Rodgers Reidy, has been appointed to undertake the administration process and assist RSL-SA to restructure.
Over the next few weeks, Rodgers Reidy will conduct a detailed assessment of all parts of the business and put in place new structures and arrangements that meet the RSL’s future needs. We remain totally committed to veterans and their families, the community and our sub-branches while also improving compliance with charities legislation. Advocacy, welfare and commemoration will remain the cornerstones of all that we do. It will be ‘business as usual’ over the next period of time.
There will be no impact on ANZAC Day because of today’s announcement. The ANZAC Day Appeal will continue in SA as planned with the support of the sub- branches in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Broken Hill. The Appeal takes on even greater importance and I urge you to take that little extra effort this year as you seek support from the community. We are of the community and have provided support to it for over one hundred years.
I note that is a very difficult time for our staff in SA who have demonstrated extraordinary resilience and commitment to the RSL. They have done a great job.
Now is not the time to hold grudges but to clear the air and work for the long-term sustainability of our fine organisation.
We will keep you informed of progress.
Tim Hanna AM