The Sub-Branch Office is located in the Gosford RSL Club Ltd. Please call the Secretary on (02) 4323 3860 for further information. For Pensions & Welfare enquiries please click here

The Gosford RSL Sub-Branch holds monthly meetings at the Gosford RSL Club Ltd on the 1st Sunday of every month at 10:30 AM. There is no meeting in January and the September meeting is held on the 2nd Sunday of the month.



A collection of images over the years

CLICK HERE for the photo gallery

If you have any photos to share for the site please feel free to contact us and we will correspond with you to get them onto the website.

About Gosford RSL Sub Branch

The Returned and Services League of Australia, New South Wales Branch, was formed in 1917. Its present mission statement reads that it will

"Provide for the well being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-serving Defence Force Personnel and thier dependants and promote Government and Community awareness of the need for a stable and progressive Australia."

Letters from The Battlefields

As a follow up to the recently compiled book "For King and Country" Dr Richard G. Van Wirdum, a member of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch, has produced another book entitled "Letters from The Battlefields". This book contains transcripts of Letters home from those of the N.S.W. Central Coast who served in World War 1.

Changes to DVA Cards for the 2014 Reissue

The changes to the new cards are:

• The title on all of the cards is now, ‘DVA Health Card’

• The front of the card has the 100 years centenary of the ANZAC logo on a background of a field of poppies

• The DVA security hologram has moved to the front of the card providing greater visibility of this security feature

• The signature stripe on the back of the card is longer, allowing more room for a signature

• The magnetic stripe for a Gold Card is now gold, on the White Card this is now blue, while the Orange Card retains a black stripe

• The cards are valid for six years now, instead of the previous four years.

Click on the image below for more information

Sevicewomen Are Mothers Too

In recent years, servicewomen with dependent children have for the first time deployed into conflict zones, in support of Australian Defence Force operations.

The Department of Veterans' Affairs has funded the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide, to conduct the Mothers in the MEAO Study.

Corporal Anita Sikand was the medic deployed with a 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Task Group platoon in Tarin Kot city, Uruzgan province, Feb 17 2013.

Securing Our Veterans’ Future

Are you a younger veteran or the spouse of a younger veteran looking for work? Secure work within the registered clubs industry in NSW, whether it is in management, catering or hospitality. This is an important and timely program that will help younger veterans move more easily back into civilian life. Please SHARE this opportunity with anyone who may be interested. DefenceCare is a supporter of this program.

For King and Country

Do you have relatives who were residents, or born on the Central Coast and served in the A.I.F. during World War One? Then the recently compiled book "For King and Country" may contain details of your relatives service. The book was compiled by Dr Richard G. Van Wirdum, a member of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch.

1919 to 2013 Do Veterans' Aims Really Differ that Much from Generation to Generation?

Find out what was on the mind's of Veterans' following the First World War. Click here to read Minutes of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch Meetings from 1919 to 1929!

Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust

If you know someone in the Defence community who is struggling to meet financial commitments as a result of incapacity, death or disability, we may be able to help.

Australian Army History 1939 - Formation of the Second AIF

At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 Australia's Army was predominantly a part-time force that was limited by the Defence Act to service in Australian territory. In order to support Britain in the war in Europe the Australian Government announced, on 15 September, the formation of a 'special force' of 20,000 men for service 'at home or abroad as circumstances permit'.

Thinking of Joining the Australian Defence Force?

If you are looking at joining the Australian military you should be aware that any injuries or illnesses will be treated by the Army, Navy or Air Force while you are in the service. Once you take discharge, “accepted” medical conditions will be processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Advocacy Training and Development Program

The Advocacy Training & Development Program (ATDP) provides training for members of Ex-Service Organisations (ESO) which offer advocacy services to serving and ex-serving members of the armed forces. The program is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The training program is a Competency Based Training (CBT) program and places a heavy reliance on experiences gained in a working environment. Each course has a number of units which must be completed and each course leads to nationally accredited Units of Competency.

For more informatiom click here.....

The RSL reborn: Modern day veterans to breathe new life into iconic institution

Australia's modern day war veterans will be enlisted by the RSL to revitalise the iconic institution.

For more informatiom click here.....

DVA Online Disability Pension Claim

Please note, when you apply for an online disability Pension on the DVA website, a web form (D2582) suggests that you are able to do this yourself in 'My Account' or online.

Be aware, if you make an error with your application and the claim is rejected, it's there forever and you may have a hard time trying to appeal your claim. Please seek assistance and guidance from the Pensions Officer at your Ex Service Organization before attempting to complete the form on-line.

Australian Partners of Defence (APOD)

Australian Partners of Defence (APOD) provides Australian Defence Force families free membership access to the 2013 APOD - Defence Discount online program which once registered allows them to access discounts and offers pledged from 1000's of retailers Australia wide.

We are all about Australian Defence members, their partners and families wherever they are across our sun-burnt country and beyond. We’re about lightening the load and reducing the hardship many families experience supporting our armed forces.

For more informatiom click here.....

Have You Lost Medals or Clasps

If you have lost or misplaced Medals or Clasps, you can get them replaced.

Latest News & Events


The Gosford RSL Sub-Branch will be conducting ANZAC Day services on Sunday 25th April 2021. The Dawn Service will commence at 6:00am at the Gosford Cenotaph. The main march will commence at 10:30am followed by a service at the Gosford Cenotaph at 11:00am. For more information click on the following link.


In the true spirit of ANZAC Day, Coast Opera Australia will perform in concert a unique tribute from the grounds of the Central Coast Stadium on Sunday, April 25th. Doors open at 5.00pm. All members of the Central Coast community are invited at the Stadium to join us and share in our Salute to the ANZACS on their special day. As an organisation so closely connected to the ANZAC tradition, we would be delighted if you could attend. As one of our respected ANZACS we really hope that we are able to acknowledge you, your members and families in person at our special event. The power of music connects us, touches our hearts and can lift our community and spirits in one transformative moment. What a special opportunity we have to mark this day of remembrance.

The proceedings will be live, amplified and streamed through the Stadium’s audio system and on COA’s YouTube and Facebook platforms. Our performance will include the Last Post and The Rouse, music, song and our very own award-winning Bush Poet. Doors open at 5.00pm. At sunset we will observe a minute of silence. Coast Opera Australia warmly thanks our supporters, including the Central Coast Council, Central Coast Stadium, Gosford RSL and our local representatives for enabling this event to take place. All are invited to share our family event with us in what will be a most moving and uplifting salute to our ANZACS.


On Monday 19 April 2021, The Art House at Wyong, is pleased to host ANZAC Day Portraits 2020: When Our Veterans Stood Silently Alone In Remembrance, a photographic exhibition by Central Coast based photographer Lisa Haymes. For more information click on the following link.

Open Arms Group Programs - NSW

The Open Arms Group conducts a number of activities including group treatment programs, relationship retreats and suicide intervention education workshops. Please click on the following link for the program for NSW for January to June 2020.

Australian Defence Veterans' Covenant

The Australian Defence Veterans' Covenant encourages Australia to recognise and acknowledge the unique nature of military service, and support veterans and their families. The purpose of the Covenant is for the Australian community to recognise the service and sacrifice of the men and women who commit to defend the nation, and pledge their commitment to support veterans and their families.

Australian Spirit Employment Initiative

Expressions of interest are being sought from Central Coast farming enterprises, rural-based businesses and contemporary veterans to participate in a newly-formed initiative designed to assist veterans gain new skills and employment within primary industries.

The Australian Spirit Employment Initiative (ASEI) requires prospective employers to recruit a veteran, who will then be assisted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries to undergo skills training, related to agriculture. A winning combination for all concerned.

The Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit is in need of your help by way of assistance in volunteering to keep the Exhibit open.

The Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit is the brainchild of long term Central Coast resident, and Gosford’s Citizen of the year 2016 - Andrew Church. The sole owner of all the exhibits, Andrew Church, is in a war of his own battling cancer and desperately needs the assistance of volunteers to man the exhibit to show the public, schools and just those interested in the military history of Australia.

If you have a spare couple of hours, half or a whole day to give to this worthy cause, it will be gratefully accepted. You won't be committed to a weekly roster, we will work in with you to suit whatever you can offer. The work involved is not hard, you don't need to have a knowledge of the contents of the exhibit (just a desire to share its interests with others). You will be given a very brief introduction of the workings of the exhibit by Andrew before you commence your volunteer work. Your assistance in keeping the exhibit open will be an immense burden lifted off Andrew's shoulders who as previously mentioned is in desperate need of assistance.

Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit is a Not for Profit organisation with charity status and deductible gift recipient status. All entry fees are used by the exhibit to restore and maintain the artefacts, preserving them for generations to come.

Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit is an interactive exhibit with sights and sounds straight from the Frontline. See dynamic dioramas, Anzac Cove, Frontline WWII, an army aid station, a radio communications exhibit and a WWII war office, a fully restored Royal Australian Engineers Willy's Jeep (which Andrew drives each year in the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day parades), an Australian Light Horse uniform, a stretcher used at Gallipoli, uniforms from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam, and so much more.

As previously mentioned, it is a truly unique exhibit aimed at school students, interest groups and the public. Even if you are not interested in war history or museums, you will find this a fascinating and moving experience. If you feel you can assist in any way, please contact Greg Mawson (Gmaw6809@bigpond.net.au) with your contact details and we will be in touch with you.

Ex-service Members' Health and their GP

The Australian Family Physician magazine issued to all members of the Australian College of General Practitioners. Their March edition is principally devoted to the Defence Community and their health care. All veteran family members should be encouraged to discuss the material with their GP so he/she does bother to read it and they are likewise familiar with it too.

Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit

The Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit (CCIWE) has been created by local military historian Andrew Church who has opened up his extensive collection of uniforms, replica weapons, medals and war time artefacts from the different conflicts to the public.

Andrew is a member of the Gosford RSL Re-Enactment Group and has been a passionate supporter of Australia’s military for the past 30 years. He is also CEO of the Kreative Kaizen group of companies, which includes a consultation arm and accredited training through his registered training organisation, Eagle Wing Education & Training.

CCIWE is an interactive exhibit with sights and sounds straight from the Frontline. See dynamic dioramas, Anzac Cove, Frontline WWII, an army aid station, a radio communications exhibit and a WW2 war office...a fully restored Royal Australian Engineers Willys Jeep (which Andrew drives each year in the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day parades)...a genuine Australian Light Horse uniform…a stretcher used at Gallipoli… uniforms from WW1, WW2, Korea and Vietnam…and a modern day SAS trooper abseiling from the roof. To view some examples of the exhibits click on the following link.

To find out more information, visit the Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit website at the following link.

Broadwater Day Club

Have you got a Thursday free? Are You interested in getting out of the house and having some fun?

If so, then join us at the Broadwater Day Club.

Veterans Urged to Take Part in Consultation

On the 5th March 2014, the Department of Veterans' Affairs began a consultation with veterans, war widows, their families, the Community, and Public Sector Union and DVA staff about the future of some shopfront services in Victoria and New South Wales.

Veterans' Home Care Program

Veterans' Home Care (VHC) is a DVA program designed to assist veterans and war widows/widowers (entitled persons) who wish to continue living independently in their own home and local community, but who need a small amount of practical help. Services include domestic assistance, personal care, respite care, and safety-related home and garden maintenance. Limited, short term social assistance may also be provided as part of the Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) program.

VHC is part of the broader Australian Government strategy to assist older people maintain optimal health, well-being and independence.

Eligibility for Free Treatment of Anxiety/Depression, PTSD, Alcohol & Substance Use Disorders, and Malignant Neoplasms (Cancers)

Veterans with eligible service who have Malignant Neoplasms (cancers), Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety Disorder or Depression, and Alcohol and Substance Use Disodrers are eligible for treatment of those disabilities regardless of whether or not they have been accepted as war or defence caused. Approval for treatment for these conditions can be ‘fast tracked’ by providing a medical diagnosis, from a suitably qualified medical practitioner, conforming to the diagnostic requirements of DSM IV. This is available under both the VEA (Defence/Operational service), MRCA (WarLike and Non-warlike service), and certain peace time service since 1972.

Wounded Commando's Veteran Affairs Story: Geoff Evans

Former Commando and Australian Vet Affairs Advocate Geoff Evans - a hero wounded in Afghanistan - speaks about a dysfunctional and under resourced Veteran Affairs Government Department. Geoff describes how a boost in the Client Liason Unit and a policy of positive discrimination in favour of young diggers when employing staff for the Department of Veteran Affairs - will help save lives.

To view the Video click here.....

DVA Health and Wellbeing

Health and wellbeing is a concern of all DVA clients. The National Health Services Directory (NHSD) provides general health service information such as location, opening hours and contact details for General Practices, Pharmacies, Hospitals, and Emergency Departments

For more informatiom click here.....

Disaster Assistance For Bush Fires

Please help us spread the word to any current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their immediate families living in NSW and affected by the bush fires. Social media is a very effective tool in disseminating information in times of disaster so please SHARE this with anyone you know. Together we can reach out to veterans and their immediate families who may need our help.

Membership of the Gosford RSL Sub Branch
Applications for membership of the RSL Sub Branch are invited from persons who meet the following criteria:
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