Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia


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About the RUSIDSS of Australia:

The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia (RUSIDSS-A) aims to promote informed debate to improve public awareness and understanding of defence and national security.

The Institute is grateful to receive funding and other valued support from the Department of Defence in this mission.  We also receive financial support from our National Sponsor Rolls-Royce.

RUSIDSS-A is a federation of independently constituted state and territory chapters, headquartered in Canberra, ACT. It is a non-profit organisation registered with the ACNC and is a Company limited by Guarantee managed by ACNC and ASIC. It provides educational, research and related services through its library services, website, journals and periodicals, regular presentations, conferences and seminars and visits to military installations. It has a long tradition of serving the community by promoting a better understanding of defence and national security.  This includes an understanding of Australian defence strategy, contemporary and historic conflict, developments in military science and technology and all aspects of defence and security as they relate to Australia now and into the future. It has several thousand members in all states and the ACT and include serving and retired members of the Australian Defence Force and other interested in defence and national security.

RUSIDSS-A State Members and Directors at the Annual General Meeting 2017

L-R Ian Errington AM CSC, Peter Mapp OAM, Paul Irving AM PSM, Anker Brodersen CSC, Rob Atkinson AM RFD, Peter McDermott AM CSC, Mike O'Brien CSC, Alec Young RFD, Simon Cullen AM CSC, Neil James, Graham Bentley AM, Dr John Bruni, Mike Brennan, Herbert Michaelis, Steve Meekin AM

Membership is open to all who have an interest in national security and defence.  Members join one of the constituent Bodies, and can do so through this website, or directly with one of the state bodies.  State bodies conduct an extensive program of guest speaker presentations and other activities.

National President's Message:

Rear Admiral Simon Cullen AM CSC (Retd)

As National President of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies-Australia, I am pleased to share the outcomes of our 2017 Annual General Meeting held in Canberra 27 October 2017. The meeting was attended by the members of the company, namely the Constituent Body (CB) Presidents (NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, TAS and the ACT) or their nominated representatives, the National Board, our Company Secretary, the Company Treasurer and our Department of Defence Liaison Officer.

2016/17 marked the first full year of operation of the Institute as a company, with principal activities being to bed down new governance arrangements and develop a new relationship with the Department of Defence. Other activities included provision of support to CBs, especially the provision of services through the national website and the preparation and submission of bids for funding from the Department of Defence. All activities were undertaken to support our objective of promoting informed debate and improving public awareness of defence and national security issues.

We successfully implemented a new system of licencing with the Department of Defence which provides the CBs and the national office clearly defined and agreed access to the Defence Estate. This licence will remain in place until 2021.

We continued to develop and implement an interactive national website that showcases our activities and encourages public debate. The website provides comprehensive support to participating CBs in terms of membership, financial administration and event management, enabling them to run their own activities with a reduced administrative burden.

During the AGM, members agreed to some minor administrative changes to the companies Constitution proposed by NSW.  In addition, and in accordance with the Constitution, one third of the Board rotated at the end of the financial year. The Board now comprises Simon Cullen (Chair and National President), Anker Brodersen (Deputy Chair and Deputy National President), Graham Bentley, Meaghan D’arcy, Steve Meekin, John Bruni and Paul Willee. A Directors report has been submitted to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission for display on their website. A copy of the report is also available from RUSIDSS-A national office.

While the company has had a successful first year of operation, and while there is reform underway in many CBs, much work still needs to be done to sustain the organisation into the future. We must continue to strive to attract a younger membership and through our activities, provide support that the Department of Defence values and which is also attractive to sponsors.



RUSIDSS NSW Library Surplus Book Sale

Interested RUSI Members, Service Members and the Public are encouraged to examine the attached list of surplus military books which are for sale at very reasonable prices. The proceeds will go towards the movement of the RUSIDSS NSW Library to the Hyde Park Memorial. Interested persons may contact Vice President John Hutcheson at 02 93932325 or .

RUSI of NSW Monthly Newsletter

RUSI of NSW generates a monthly Newsletter for RUSI NSW Members and non-members. We are now offering this to visitors to the national website. Back copies will be made available in the future. Contact 02 9393 2325/ for more information.

Click here to download a copy

RUSI of Queensland's "The Brisbane Line"

RUSI of Queensland publishes its magazine "The Brisbane Line" for their Members and Guests.

Brisbane Line Vol 5 Issue 4 December 2017

Brisbane Line Vol 5 Issue 3 September 2017

RUSI of SA Newsletter

RUSI of SA publishes and promotes National Security and Defence through its Newsletter "Sensor". Back copies are available by contacting the Editor.

RUSIDSS-SA Current Spring Newsletter

RUSI-SA Current Winter Newsletter

RUSI-SA Current Autumn Newsletter

RUSI of Tasmania's Gazette

RUSI of Tasmania issues the Gazette to inform Members and their guests of forthcoming events, presentations and Papers delivered at their functions. Please see below for their latest details.

RUSI Tasmania Gazette  Vol 1-2017

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter

RUSI of Victoria issues a Newsletter from time to time through their website. Their latest is located below.

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter Vol 16  issue 3 October 2017 

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter Vol 16 issue 2 June 2017

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter Vol 16 issue 1 March 2017

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RUSIDSS-A Contact details:
Peter McDermott, Company Secretary. Herbert (Mickey) Michaelis,  National Support Manager and Hon Treasurer.            Queries on website and membership:

Mail address: 
CP3-1-155 PO Box 7912 CANBERRA BC ACT 2610. Telephone: 02 6266 3446.

Special Thanks: 
The RUSIDSS-A of Australia gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Defence for its continuing assistance.

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Our major sponsor, Rolls-Royce Australia, underwrites the production of this website.

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