Norbert Keough, a fifth generation Australian and a United States Navy veteran, joined the Returned & Services League of Australia in April 2009. In 2014 Norb was appointed the inaugural Director of the RSL Veterans’ Centre East Sydney which a subsidiary of the North Bondi RSL Sub-Branch. He previously served as Sub-Branch Honorary Secretary from 2010 until 2013, is the Immediate Past President of the Sub-Branch having served as President from 2013 – 14, and is the Sub-Branch’s Delegate on the Eastern Metropolitan District Council of RSL Sub-Branches (EMDC) having first served from 2009 – 11 and again from 2014 – present. Since 2010 Norb has represented the Sub-Branch as its Delegate to the RSL (New South Wales Branch) Congress.
In 2012 Norb was one of 16 individuals selected nationally for, and completed, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs National Tribunal Advocacy Course at the ANZSOG Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra. He is a Senior Advocate (DVA-TIP Level 4) and advocates pro bono for active duty Australian Defence Force servicemembers, reservists, veterans, war widows and dependents before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on DVA claims and advises on entitlements and compensation. As a Senior Advocate, Norb advises the RSL leadership on pending legislation affecting the League, military members and veterans issues in both state and federal Parliament and writes submissions to Parliament on behalf of the League. Norb also serves as a mentor to newly qualified veterans’ entitlement advisors and advocates.
Norb was appointed to a five year term as a Justice of the Peace in and for the State of New South Wales in 2011.
On the RSL NSW Congress Norb served, in 2011, as a Scrutineer (95th Congress) during the State-wide elections for RSL NSW State Council. Since 2012 Norb has been a member of the Congress Suspension Committee which decides whether or not to suspend the rules and refer important or urgent matters to the Congress agenda.
In 2015 Norb was awarded an Australia Day Silver Achievement Medallion and Certificate for his pro bono advocacy to service members of the Australian Defence Force, Veterans and their families and in particular for his work in establishing the RSL Veterans Centre East Sydney.
Norb is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; a Committee Member, Federal Electorate of Wentworth Centenary of ANZAC Celebrations; a member of the NSW Justices Association; a Class B member of the NSW Bar Association; a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association of Australia; the publisher of Equal Justice for Troops blog; served as a Councillor of the Royal United Services Institute of NSW Inc from 2011-13; was the Chairman of the RSL’s Keep 45 Alive from 2009-10 (Commemoration Committee for the 65th Anniversary of the end of WW2); served on the governing committee for the Royal Naval Association (NSW Branch) from 2009-10; and has written numerous op-ed pieces on military justice and veterans issues.
Norb, and his partner Edoardo, live in Bondi Junction, an eastern suburb of Sydney.