Trust 1 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.
While a comprehensive Australian Defence Force military compensation scheme does exist, it is limited in its scope.
Trust 1 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.
Coverage extends to other members of the ADF who are killed or totally and permanently disabled in or as a result of operational activity or in training if they are working alongside the SAS Regiment in a SASR controlled exercise.
A primary focus of Trust 1 has been, and remains, to enable the children of deceased soldiers or totally and permanently incapacitated SAS members to have the opportunity to have the best possible start in life through access to the best available education and assisting with other vocational needs up until the age of 25 years. While education is a primary focus, health needs and costs not covered by any Government agency is also supported.
"Thank you to everyone at the SASR Resources Trust for your continuous generosity. Without your encouragement, I wouldn’t have achieved half of what I have in the last 7 years.
I stand with them both (my mother and brother) when I say this: without you our smiles would be significantly smaller."
"I would love to express many thanks to you all. With all of your generosity and kind natures, I have been able to continue pursuing my passions and goals! I am currently in my second year of sport and exercise science course, with the goal of transferring into occupational therapy, and absolutely loving it. I am also currently training for my state league netball team, Warriors, and quite humbly I am in the league team! Which is very exciting and a great opportunity. I just want to say thank you all for the ongoing support that everyone has supplied me with, I greatly appreciate it and wanted you all to know how humbled and grateful I am."
"I’ve achieved more than I thought I could this year. For next year I’ve chosen six ATAR subjects which I believe will benefit me the most. This is where I am at this particular moment in my life, I am trying to navigate and experience what opportunities are available to me and for this I am so grateful that the SASRF is able to allow me this chance to do so.”