Pensions & Advocacy

Did you know…?

The Sub Branch Advocacy section has a volunteer network of Wellbeing and Compensation Advocates, who are trained, qualified and experienced, to assist serving and former members of the ADF as well as families.  Services include claims for Wellbeing, Compensation, associated allowances and income support payments as well as information on treatment and Rehabilitation and benefits under relevant Commonwealth legislation such as the Veterans’ Entitlement Act 1986, (VEA) the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Defence Related Claims Act), (SRCA/DRCA), and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, (MRCA).

Advocates are qualified under the Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP) competency based training system.  Advocated are authorised to assist all members of the veteran community and their families who are eligible for the above services including the preparation and lodgement of claims and applications for an increase in benefits.

Advocates, in addition to the provision of the services listed above, have the skills and expertise to prepare applications for review by the Veterans’ Review Board.  This entails the preparation of written submissions to the Board and representation along with the veteran at the Veterans’ Review Board Hearing.  An integral responsibility of the Advocate’s role is the Mentoring of candidates under training.  The services provided by Advocates are all provided at no cost to the applicant.

Persons seeking assistance with their claims or Advocacy representation should contact the Sub Branch to make an appointment for interview, either by phone on (07) 3359 0460 or by email at  If there are circumstances where a visit to the Sub Branch is not feasible, a home visit may be arranged.


The July edition of the Kedron-Wavell Sub Branch RSL Inc Newsletter has now been published.   We invite you to double click on the document to enable you to read the Newsletter in colour.    KRWSL Newsletter- July 2014

Welcome to Kedron-Wavell Sub Branch RSL Inc

About Us
The Kedron-Wavell Sub Branch RSL is the largest Sub-Branch in Brisbane, providing a wide variety of services to the Brisbane North community.

More specifically the role of the RSL is to ensure the well-being, care, compensation and commemmoration of serving and exserviceman and their dependants; and to promote Government and community awareness of the need for a secure, stable and progressive Australia.

The Kedron-Wavell Sub Branch RSL are highly involved in their local area through community and charity groups such as the Greenslopes Hospital and the Burnie Brae Centre. They have also been a strong supporter of local schools and universities in the development of youth through educational scholarships and bursaries.

The Sub Branch is also responsible for the organisation of commemmorative activities including ANZAC Day and Rememberence Day held at Kedron-Wavell Services Club Inc.


Membership to the Sub-Branch RSL is available to all ex-servicemen and women. For more information on the Kedron-Wavell Sub-Branch RSL please phone (07) 3359 0460.
To keep members informed of activities, a newsletter is mailed regularly to all members.

Emergency Medical Alarms

Helping to provide independent living

For many people the telephone is their only means of contact with friends, relatives or neighbours. But in a crisis its often difficult to locate and dial the number that will bring help. Perhaps the phone is in another room, or its hard to decide in an emergency just who to call.

The Service is here to provide help just when you need it, at any time of the day or night. The service is of proven benefit to older people and those with a disability. It you live alone, away from family or close friends, are a victim of domestic violence or live in an area with a high crime rate, then we can help you!

Why Choose our EMA over other providers?

  • All our prices are very compeititive – just compare the connection fee!
  • No fixed term contracts
  • Lifetime replacement/maintenance warranty at no cost
  • Prompt and efficient installation
  • Supported by the RSL, a trusted community welfare organisation
  • A trained response operator is guaranteed to answer your call 24/7
  • Our response operators are highly skilled in emergency response procedures
  • We have strong ethical values and community focus
  • All service and products are compliant to Australian Standards
  • Easy press adapter is available for arthritus sufferers
  • Special devices are available for those with no or limited mobility or epilepsy
  • A fall detector is also available

Download the EMA brochure for more information.

For more information please phone 1300 732 423
Or visit the Kedron-Wavell Sub-Branch RSl to pick up a booklet
375 Hamilton Rd, Chermside 4032

WWI digger’s diary tells of trench hell

The handwritten diary of a World War I soldier is being handed over to the State Library of New South Wales today to be preserved as a personal piece of Australian War history.*

The diary of the then 25-year-old Gunner Norman Pearce gives his account of life on the frontline before he died from severe wounds in the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

The diary was left to the Trust Company Foundation by his niece as part of her estate.

The head of the Trust Foundation, John Atkin, says the neatly-written diary details the gruesome reality of what the young soldier faced in the lead up to his death.

A excerpt from the diary dated July, 1916 reads: “our boys were terribly cut up in the last charge…and thousands of dead and wounded are lying between the trenches.”

But it is also clear from other excerpts that war was not the only thing on Gunner Pearce’s mind.

“So far I haven’t been particularly struck with French feminine beauty. There are some especially pretty girls but on the whole don’t come up to Australians,” his diary reads.

John Atkin says soldiers were generally banned from writing diaries, but many secretly recorded their thoughts and feelings during battle.

“It adds to what I suspect is already a substantial collection at the State Library,” Mr Atkin says.

“I think it’s significant because it tells the story of someone who’s given up their life for their country,” he says.

The State Library of New South Wales says the diary is in a remarkably good condition for the distance it has travelled.

* See the full article and video from the ABC’s  Lateline program  at