Representatives of RSL sub-branches from across the region attended an important training session organised by RSL NSW on governance and regulatory compliance areas relevant to running a modern Sub-Branch and not-for-profit organisation in the 21st century.
The training sessions, which took place last week at Bathurst and Dubbo, are part of a state-wide initiative by RSL NSW that will see all 348 sub-branches across the state invited to undertake this training.
It comes after RSL NSW recently lifted a ban on fundraising that had been in place since August 2017.
Trustees, presidents, vice presidents, treasurers and honorary secretaries from the local sub-branches Mudgee, Kandos, and Gulgong, attended the Bathurst session, with those from Dunedoo and Coolah heading to the Dubbo session.
Ray James, RSL NSW acting president, spoke about the importance of governance and compliance in evolving RSL NSW both at sub-branches and head office Anzac House.
"The RSL is vastly different today than it was 100 years ago, and it is imperative that our members remain fully across the legislative requirements around what it means to run a sub-branch in 2019 and beyond," he said.
"This training is part of evolving RSL NSW more broadly, and ensuring the public can have full confidence in supporting the important grassroots activities being undertaken everyday by sub-branches for veterans and their families."
Among the topics were governance standards required for not-for-profit bodies, charity regulations, reporting obligations, responsibilities of committee members and trustees of a sub-branch, and education about broad compliance with fiduciary duties.
The fundraising ban was put in place during the Bergin inquiry, which was established by the NSW government in 2017 after financial irregularities in RSL NSW were exposed.
The inquiry called for sweeping charity reforms among its recommendations last year.