PO Box 3246
STAFFORD DC QLD 4053
Phone: 07 3263 7118
Fax: 07 3175 0608
Note: Please address all correspondence to
the Honorary Secretary.
The ADCC - Plain English Explanation
The charter of the Committee is to commemorate our
fallen heroes and to honour our surviving veterans. The objects are:
The recognition of the gallant courage displayed by
the Australian sons and daughters in fighting for the preservation
of liberty and civilisation.
The relief, by way of donation, of aged war veterans
and their widows including those suffering from dementia.
The commemoration of our fallen and the
acknowledgment of the suffering of our wounded.
The conduct of patriotic ceremonies in every town in
Queensland on ANZAC Day.
The encouragement of religious bodies to observe
ANZAC Day by such religious service as each body shall decide.
The care and upkeep of graves of ex-service
personnel whose death is not accepted as due to War Service by the
Whilst this is an accurate quote from the Constitution,
how does it translate into deeds and who are the patriotic volunteer
citizens behind this unique Australian organisation? In short, what is a
plain English explanation of the ADCC?
The main activities of the Committee focus on:
conducting the annual badge appeal with the support
of the Queensland sub-branches of the Returned & Services League
of Australia and other Ex-service organisations.
promoting the Spirit of ANZAC through education and
providing subsidies and grants in accordance with
the charter and objects.
Behind the scenes, some 29 individual or corporate
members comprise a General Committee. A minimum five person Executive is
elected each year to conduct the hands-on business of the organisation.
At the annual meeting, the General Committee performs a role similar to
that of a Board of Directors; that is, it reviews the results of the
Executive for the previous year and provides guidance for the next. All
members are patriotic volunteers who perform their honorary tasks as an
ongoing citizens’ gift of the people to the war veterans of
Membership is by invitation. The composition as at
Februrary 2010 is:
Three ex officio appointments:
Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC Governor of Queensland
Chairman -- The Premier of Queensland, The
Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
Vice-Chairman -- Leader of the Opposition in the
Queensland Parliament, The Honourable Lawrence Springborg MP
The Executive Committee:
President -- Darryl Neild OAM
Vice-President -- Darby Ashton
Secretary/Treasurer -- Neil Cook
Memorials Officer --
ANZAC Ceremonials Committee Chair – Mick Leckning
Museums and Displays Officer -- Adele Catts
Publications Officer – Christopher Donaldson
ANZAC Day March Officer -- Arthur Burke OAM
The Chief Executive Officer, Hedley Lockyer CPA, is an observer at
Executive Committee meetings.
Currently 20 member organisations provide State level
representation. Each has one vote but may nominate up to two
representatives. They comprise a broad cross section of the community:
Pastoral -- the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting
Civic -- Brisbane City Council, Queensland
Department of Education, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Civil -- Royal United Service Institute of
Queensland, Toc H, and The Queensland Country
Welfare -- Defence Force Welfare Association,
Salvation Army Red Shield Defence Services, and the War Widows Guild
Service -- 1st Division and Deployable Joint Force
Headquarters, Defence Joint Operations Support Services
Ex-Service -- Council of Ex-Service Women’s
Association, Naval Association of Australia, the National Servicemen’s
Association of Australia, Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker
Veterans’ Association, Vietnam Veterans'
Association of Australia.
Queensland’s unique ANZAC commemoration committee has
been a proudly non aligned citizens’ organisation since its inception
in 1916. Today it continues to prosecute the original aims for a holy
day of commemoration rather than another public holiday festival. It is
a most successfully managed and effective business which has survived
because it is keeping abreast of modern business practices and
capitalising on society’s patriotic resurgence. The ADCC must endure
because it will always represent the citizens’ gift of the people to
Queensland’s war veterans.
You can also find out about the ADCC
Logo, our Annual Badge Appeal or read
a short history of the ANZAC Day Commemoration