Who the RSL Art Union is

A tradition of mateship

The RSL Art Union was created in the spirit of mateship following World War I. Returned veterans were finding it difficult to reintegrate into mainstream society as a result of both physical injury and the harmful mental effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Many veterans were living in poverty and despair.
 
The National RSL recognised the need to provide accommodation and financial support for our Australian heroes. The RSL Art Union was created to provide a secure funding source for the RSL, allowing the continuation of the support programs so many veterans, and their families, relied upon. 
 
RSL Queensland commenced its first fundraising operations in 1956. Today, the RSL Art Union continues to deliver critical funding for the support of returned veterans from recent conflict, as well as those on the long journey to recovery from past deployments, in the form counselling, financial aid, accommodation, rehabilitation and much more. 
 
Each ticket sold in the RSL Art Union helps our returned veterans and their families. With your continued contribution, the tradition of mateship will persevere for many more years to come.  
 

Supporting Our Veterans

Each RSL Art Union draw generates much needed funding that goes towards vital support and services for our veterans and their families, including:

  • Assistance for over 3,200 veterans every year with Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) claims, including medical expenses, pensions, and income claims.
  • Hospital and home visits for 8,300 people in the veteran community each year.
  • More than 80 low-cost, safe housing options.
  • Counselling and support for veterans and their families.
  • A scholarship program for dependents and spouses of veterans seeking further education.
  • More than 100 school-based programs to preserve the memory of those who have served.
  • Assistance for more than 200 veterans in Tribunal cases and appeals.
  • Emergency financial assistance.
  • Bereavement assistance for defence families who have lost loved ones.
  • Funeral services for veterans who pass away and have no known family
 For more information about RSL Veterans Services visit RSL QLD

 

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How the Art Union works

The RSL Art Union is Australia’s biggest Prize Home Lottery, providing critical funding to support our veterans and their families. You can buy a ticket for as little as $5.

There are ten multi-million dollar prize home draws every year. These include beautiful beach homes, multi-state apartments, house + gold packages, as well as our biggest yearly prize, a modern apartment block complete with a luxury penthouse called the 'Golden Treasure'!

That’s over $30 million in prizes in one year!

Loyal Supporters have automatic entry into bonus draws worth up to $180,000 in prizes.

The RSL Art Union also has two annual VIP Heroes Draws, exclusive to VIP Club members only. The VIP Draws are worth $1.75 Million in gold bullion each!

Most importantly, every ticket purchased helps to provide valuable funding for the ongoing support of our veteran community.


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National initiatives

 Funds raised through the RSL Art Union go towards both National and Queensland based initiatives, including:

  • World-first research into post-traumatic stress disorder amongst veterans. The $7 million RSL QLD PTSD Initiative has made ground-breaking discoveries about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of PTSD since 2012.
  • A training program for General Practitioners to help them better identify PTSD and other mental health issues amongst veterans and their families and to provide improved treatment options.
  • Counselling, camaraderie, and rehabilitation programs through RSL QLD’s contemporary veteran branch, Mates4Mates. These programs include equine therapy, Kokoda Track walks, cycling events and more.
  • Trojan’s Trek peer support wilderness intervention program which assist veterans rebuild self-esteem and make positive change.
  • Opportunities to join the RAEMUS Rover off-road racing team through learning a mechanical trade, logistics or navigation.
  • Respite care at Diggers Rest. A Soldier’s Retreat which provides a place for former and current serving Defence personnel and their families to reset and reconnect.
How RSL Art Union Helps our Veterans
Meet our RSL Art Union Hero - Ben

Meet Ben Whiley

A fourth-generation Soldier who served over seven thousand days. 

With three generations serving before him, it was no surprise when Ben enlisted at 17 years old in 1994. Ben spent his early years in Sydney at A Field Battery (an Airborne Artillery Battery) in the Royal Australian Artillery. His first deployment was to East Timor in 1999 for five months and then in 2005 to Iraq. After nearly 20 years in service, Ben was medically discharged in 2013. When asked how he would describe himself, Ben shares, “I used to be a warrior, then I turned into a worrier and now I’m on the road to becoming a peaceful warrior”.

Sadly, Ben faced the crippling effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for years by himself, suffering from hyper vigilance, anxiety, and depression. Looking help, Ben found Mates4Mates, an RSL funded initiative offering veterans progressive, integrated support programs which help rebuild and save lives. Ben shares, “In defence, you’re in teams, there’s comradery and structure. Once you leave, you’re on your own. To be involved with the team again where there’s mateship feels really good”. Ben’s aspiration is help other veterans to get the services they need.

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Careers with RSL Queensland

RSL Queensland is a dynamic and growing organisation committed to improving the welfare and well-being of current and former Defence force members and their families. We have been doing this for 100 years and we’re gearing ourselves up to continue for 100 more.

Whether it’s using the latest technology to connect with veterans in remote areas of Queensland, supporting Defence families with innovative scholarship and employment programs, or creating engaging school programs that educate young Australians, we’re committed to creating positive change. If you’re looking for an extraordinary career opportunity working in a transformational environment, view our current jobs below. 

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