Guidelines for ministerial consent-restricted words and expressions-lest we forget or RSL

‘Lest we Forget’, ‘R.S.L.’ and ‘RSL’ are restricted words or expressions under Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Names Determination.

Criteria for the assessment of applications

Applicants seeking Ministerial consent to the use of the abbreviation ‘R.S.L.’ or ‘RSL’ in a proposed business name will need to demonstrate:

(a) there is a valid connection with the Returned and Services League. The validity of the connection may be clear on the face of the application, or apparent from the text of the applicant’s constituent documents

(b) the name as a whole indicates clearly that the entity is not connected with the Returned Services League.

Applicants seeking Ministerial consent to the use of the expression 'Lest We Forget' will need to demonstrate a connection to an entity that preserves the history, reverence and/or remembrance of World War 1 involving Australian defence forces.

Where appropriate, ASIC may consult with the Commonwealth Department responsible for Veterans Affairs.

Further links


Business Names Registration Act 2011

This Act details the legislative framework for business names in Australia.

Business Names Registration (Availability of Names) Determination 2015


This Determination provides the rules for determining whether proposed business names are identical or nearly identical, restricted words and expressions, and the kinds of names that are undesirable.

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Last updated: 30/04/2014 12:00