The Special Air Service Resources Fund is a perpetual trust fund that assists current and former members of the SAS Regiment (as well as dependants of those members) who are in need of relief or support. The primary beneficiaries are the dependants of SAS soldiers who are killed or severely disabled during, or as a result of, operations or training. The Fund also assists the families of other Australian Defence Force personnel who are killed or disabled while working alongside the SAS Regiment in SASR controlled operations or training.
The Fund was formed following the Blackhawk helicopter tragedy which occurred on the 12 June 1996 during a training exercise at the High Range Training Area, Townsville, North Queensland which claimed 18 lives and rendered one soldier paraplegic. Consequently 11 children ranging in age from 2 to 15 years of age were left without fathers.
The Fund’s aim is to provide additional support not covered by Government entitlements including education, family relocation, home security and medical and dental services required due to financial, emotional or psychological hardship.
The Fund also provides additional peace of mind to members serving in the Australian Special Air Service Regiment. They rest assured in the knowledge that they and their families will be looked after in the event of death or injury. All members are potential beneficiaries.
Why the Fund was Established
In most occupations, the families of people killed or badly injured during their work are compensated through workers’ compensation schemes, industry based funds or legal avenues. Sadly, this is not the case for those serving the Australian military, who voluntarily subject themselves to great risks and hardship on a daily basis. The Fund exists to provide this level of security for members of the SASR.
Who is the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR)
Australia’s Special Air Service Regiment has a unique and hazardous role within the Australian Defence Force.
Operating under the motto 'Who Dares Wins' the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) is a direct command unit of the Special Operations Command with a demanding role.
SASR personnel are specially selected and highly trained to act with discretion and discipline in situations that may have national and strategic consequences. Personnel are required to work in small teams for extended periods, often without external support.
SASR can trace its beginnings back to the Australian Z Special Unit and Independent Commando Companies that fought during World War II. On 25 July 1957, the 1st Special Air Service Company, Royal Australian Infantry, was raised at Campbell Barracks in Western Australia. In 1964, 1st Special Air Service Company was expanded to become the Special Air Service Regiment.
SASR is tasked to provide special operations capabilities in support of Australia's national interests. This includes providing unique capabilities to support sensitive strategic operations, special recovery operations, training assistance, special reconnaissance and precision strike and direct action. Additionally, other specialised elements of the Australian Defence Force, such as Naval and Air assets support SAS operations and training on a regular basis.