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Who are we?

EXE5a.jpgBolton Clarke is the new name for what was RSL Care and RDNS. Coming together allows us to provide more services, supporting and enabling more people right across the country.

While our name has changed, our services and commitment to quality care remain the same. Bolton Clarke draws on more than 200 years of experience delivering practical support, helping you to live life on your own terms. Our long held values of compassion and respect remain at the heart of everything we do.

As one of Australia’s largest and most experienced not-for-profit organisations, we know that putting people first means doing the hard things – and the small things. Across all our independent living services we’ll always listen, take a genuine interest in what’s important to you, and look to do the everyday acts that make a real difference. Every day, and in all we do, our promise is to support you in achieving the quality of life and independence that defines who you are.

Our future is in our history


Bolton Clarke honours two key community leaders who were there at our very beginning, and whose values have shaped our organisation and still drive our purpose today.

Lieutenant Colonel William Bolton

After serving at Gallipoli, Lieutenant Colonel William Bolton became the first president of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League (later to become RSL) in 1916, caring for ex-servicemen and women and their families. His vision led to a long history of practical support – from the establishment of our Veteran’s housing in 1938 through to our first residential communities in 1980. From humble beginnings RSL Care has provided stability, security and a sense of community for all older Australians.

Lady Janet Clarke

Much loved philanthropist Lady Janet Clarke was a driving force behind the creation of the Melbourne District Nursing Society in 1885, later to become RDNS (Royal District Nursing Service). From its earliest days, when a single dedicated nurse took to the streets of Melbourne to tend to the sick and poor in their own homes, through to the bike brigades of the early 1900’s and today’s fully mobile nurses, RDNS has a proud history of quality clinical nursing and home assistance.

How we operate


Bolton Clarke is a forward-thinking social enterprise, enabling people to live a life of fulfilment with tailored, integrated quality of life solutions.

We are committed to delivering a comprehensive services continuum that promotes personal choice, genuine health, wellbeing and care leadership. Our structure recognises the importance of the relationship our frontline employees have with our customers.

Working with the communities we serve and maintaining local autonomy within our organisation is essential to develop responsive programs and services which are aligned to local need and which honour customers and stakeholders.

Our skills-based Board provides a foundation to support our sustainable future growth with joint management, executive risk and audit, and clinical governance committees and a portfolio decision group to ensure our governance processes are best in class.

Staying true to our communities

EXE5d.jpgOn the road, in the home and within our retirement and residential communities our nurses, carers and managers are helping more and more people live a fuller, more independent life.