Darren James McManus-Smith OAM J.P.

PO Box 59 Morisset NSW 2264

Date of Birth: 31/05/1972

Place of Birth: Gosford NSW

Married with 4 children

Justice of the Peace NSW (122438)

Fellow Australian Institute of Community Practice and Governance 

Certificate accounting for not for profit organisations 

Certificate Trade Parachute Rigger 

Certificate Operator Petroleum (bulk fuel storage and handling)

Australian Army - 1989 to 1993

Posted to:

9 Petroleum Platoon Parachute Training School

Campaign Medals, Decorations and Awards

  • Order Of Australia medal OAM (General Division) 
  • Australian Operational Service Medal (Civilian) Clasp ICAT 
  • Australian Defence Medal 
  • Operational Service Badge (Civilian) 

Joined The Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch) 1994-Current

  • 1994 to 1998: Welfare and Veterans’ Advocacy Officer 
  • 1998 to 2004: Southlake Macquarie RSL sub-Branch Secretary 
  • 2004 to 2010: Southlake Macquarie RSL sub -Branch President 
  • 2000 to 2012: Southlake Macquarie RSL sub -Branch Trustee 

District Council

  • March 1998 Elected as delegate from Southlake Macquarie sub- Branch 
  • 1999 Delegate to the DVA Commemorations Conference 
  • 1999-2004 Foundation RSL Specialist aged Care Officer (SACO) 
  • 1999-2004 Honorary Secretary/Treasurer, Hunter Valley District Council of RSL sub- Branches 
  • 2004-2007 President, Hunter Valley District Council of RSL sub- Branches 
  • 2005-Chairperson, HVDC 90th Anniversary of the Landing at Gallipoli Commemorations. 
  • 2005-Chairperson, HVDC VP 60th Anniversary of the End of WWII in the Pacific Commemorations. 
  • 2006-Chairperson, 90th Anniversary of the Returned & Services League in the Hunter Valley Commemorations 
  • 2008- Delegate, Central Coast District Council of RSL sub -Branches. 
  • 2009- 2013 - President, Central Coast District Council of RSL sub –Branches 


  • 2000- RSL Certificate of Appreciation 
  • 2009- RSL Life Membership 
  • 2010- Australia Day Medallion for Service to Younger Veterans and their families 
  • 2011- Australia Day Medallion group recognition RSL Mobile Information Team 
  • 2015- Order Of Australia Medal for service to Veterans and their family’s. 
NSW State Branch
2006- current (State Secretary’s Department) State Secretary appointed Honorary Marketing Coordinator (RSL Shop) designing and sourcing in conjunction with the State Secretary’s quality branded merchandise 
2007- State Branch Membership Strategies Committee 
2008- State Branch Recruiting Officer 
2009- Member of Membership Task Group 
2009-2012 NSW State Branch Mobile Information Team – Team Leader 
2009-Current - NSW Younger Veterans’ Forum 
2010-Current - Elected State Councillor NSW State Branch 
2010-2014 Deputy Chairperson Sydney ANZAC Day Committee 
2010-2014- State Branch Support and Assistance Fund 
2010-2014 - State Veterans’ Affairs and Conditions of Service 
2011-Current - Defence Liaison NSW Branch
2011-Current - Defence Liaison NSW RSL Welfare and Benevolent Institution 
2012, 2013, 2014 Operation Hell Fire Thailand and Singapore 
2013, 2013, 2014 Australian Defence Force Paralympic Contingent British Columbia Canada

RSL AFOF (NSW Division)
2011-Operation Slipper Middle East Area of Operation (Philanthropic) AMAB (Dubai), Bahrain, Oman (HMAS Toowoomba), CTU (Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan). 
2013- Operation Slipper Middle East Area of Operation (Philanthropic) AMAB (Dubai), Bahrain, Oman (HMAS Melbourne). 
2014- Operation Accordion (Philanthropic) AMAB (Dubai), Operation Slipper Kandahar, Kabul (Afghanistan).

RSL National
2012-Current – Delegate, National Veterans’ Affairs Committee. 
2014- RSL Veterans component Manager of the Australian INVICTUS Games Team London UK. 
2014- Current – Defence Personnel & families committee.