Royal United Services Institute of Australia

United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory

Directions to and maps of the locations for USI of the ACT events can be found at the bottom of this page.

USI of the ACT upcoming events

Other ACT based organisations

Order of Australia Association (ACT Branch): Thursday 25 May 2017, 1730 hours: 2017 Order of Australia - Australian Defence Force Oration: Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN, Vice Chief of Defence Force: Ngunnawal Theatre, R1, Russell. The annual OAA-ADF was established in 2011 with the aim of further recognising the contribution made by military members of the Order of Australia to the fabric of Australian society. The Oration brings together Defence Force and other recipients of the Order to create a closer understanding of each other’s commitment to service as recognised through the Australian Honours system. Open to the public.  Topic and registration details to be advised.

Australian Naval Institute: 2017 Vernon Parker Oration: Tuesday 20 June 2017: Hotel Realm: Mr Ric Smith AO, PSM.   Ric  Smith has had an outstanding career which has included being the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Australian Consul General in Honolulu, Secretary of the Department of Defence and the Special Envoy for Afghanistan & Pakistan.  Ric has served as Chair of Defence Council Victoria, a board member of the Energy and Minerals Institute and as a Distinguished Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, and as the Australian Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars in Washington DC. He has conducted a number of studies for governments including a review on Homeland and Border Security for the Rudd Government.  USI of the ACT members can attend at the ANI member rate of $85.  Read more and register here. 

Upcoming events

    • 05 Jun 2017
    • 16:50
    • Rowell Theatre, Military Instruction Block, Royal Military College Duntroon

    In partnership with the Royal Military College, Duntroon, the USI of the ACT is delighted to announce a presentation entitled Looking Ahead: the Australian Army out to 2025, by the Head of Army's Land Capability Division, Major General Kath Toohey CSC, to be held at Duntroon on Monday 5 June 2017, commencing at 1650 hours.

    In a novel format, Major General Toohey will address USI members and guests and the cadets of the current RMC First Class in the Rowell Theatre.  Following questions, members, guests and cadets are invited to move to the Cadets Mess for discussion and networking until 1800, when the cadets will return to their routine duties.

    Kath Toohey joined the Australian Army in 1987.  She was promoted to the rank of Major General and assumed her current appointment in December 2016.  You can read her full biography here.

    USI of the ACT gratefully acknowledges the enthusiasm and support of Brigadier Mark Brewer CSC & Bar, the Commandant of the Royal Military College, in developing and presenting this unique event.

    • 29 Jun 2017
    • 18:00 - 19:00
    • Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    After assuming command of the Royal Australian Air Force in 2015, Air Marshal Davies published his Commander's Intent, which stated in part: Within the next ten years, we will introduce into service the F-35A Lightning II, the E/A-18G Growler, the P-8A Poseidon, the Triton UAS and a new pilot training system. Defence will introduce into service, and Air Force will support and operate, new space capabilities including a space situational awareness radar and space telescope. We will continue to evolve and develop our cyber capabilities. By 2025 the RAAF will be a truly information age air force.

    One of CAF's key priorities is to transform Air Force through the implementation of Plan Jericho.

    Come along and listen to what will be a fascinating and insightful talk about the Air Force's plans for the future.

    Air Marshal Leo Davies joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1979 and graduated to fly P-3B and P-3C Orion aircraft with No 11 Squadron at Edinburgh in South Australia. In 1987 he completed pilot training.  His full biography is here.  

    (Photo: DoD)

    • 07 Sep 2017
    • 18:00 - 19:00
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    The USI of the ACT 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held in the Spender Theatre at the Australian Defence College on Thursday 7 September 2017, commencing at 1800 hours.

    Papers for the meeting will be posted on the RUSIDSS-A website no later than 17 August 2017.

    The following Council positions will be open at the conclusion of current two year terms:

    • President
    • Secretary
    • Council Member x 1
    The following Council positions will be open due to casual vacancies arising during the year:
    • Deputy President
    • Council Member x 1

    Members wishing to nominate an individual for a Council position must forward a completed Nomination Form to the Secretary by close of business on Thursday 10 August 2017.

    All USI members are strongly encouraged to attend the AGM. please register here.  Apologies may be sent to the Secretary via the USI office: T: 6266 3446; E;

    Please Note: the ADC Mess will be open for networking from 1700 hours.

    • 21 Sep 2017
    • 19:00 - 23:00
    • Commonwealth Club

    The Institute's 2017 Annual Members' Dinner, sponsored by Thales Australia, will be held at the Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla, on Thursday 21 September, at 1900 for 1930hrs.

    The Council is delighted to announce that the Guest Speaker for this year' s event will be Ms Kathryn Campbell CSCSecretary of the Department of Human Services. Ms Campbell will address the Department's contribution to human security in Australia.

    Ticket prices.  USI Members and their first guest: $65/head; non-members: $100/head.  Price includes 3 course meal, pre-dinner music and drinks, and drinks during dinner.

    Registration. Registration is open now for members and their first guest; registration for non-members will open on 1 September 2017.  Register here.

    Dress. Service personnel: Winter Mess Dress; civilian and retired service personnel: Black Tie with Miniatures.  

    (Photo: Human Services)

    • 22 Nov 2017
    • 19:00 - 23:00
    • Canberra
    Registration is closed

    2017 ACT Blamey Oration

    Following the conduct of the sell-out event in 2016, the United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory will again deliver the ACT Blamey Oration.

    Counsel is in the process of engaging a world-class speaker to follow-up on last year's great success with Dr David Kilcullen.

    Put a place-holder in your diary for Wednesday 22 November 2017 and monitor the website for updates.


We conduct evening lecture meetings and presentations at the Australian Defence College (ADC), Weston Creek and at the R1 Theatrette at Russell.

Members and guests meet in the Weston Creek Mess from 5pm prior to events to enjoy networking and drinks. All are welcome. Access passes are required for entry to the ADC and can be obtained at the ADC gate on production of a photo ID.

No passes are required for the R1 Theatrette.

Australian Defence College

Click here for directions to ADC

Entry through ADC Guard Gate - advise you are attending a USI event. Car parking is on the left. The mess and bar is at the top right. Normal lectures/presentations are held at the Spender Theatre and for larger events the Blamey Theatre.

You can find the ADC Weston Visitor Safety Guide here.

R1 Russell Offices

Click here for directions to R1 Russell

After parking make your way to the R1 building and enter through the rotating doors. Proceed immediately to the left prior to the guard station and enter the Theatrette. 

    Contact details:
    USI of the ACT is located in Canberra. For further information please contact:

    LTCOL Richard Maurice
    Secretary USI of the ACT Inc.
    CP3-1-155 Campbell Park Office

    (membership and all other)

    Mail address: 
    Australia Post Mail to:
    CP3-1-155 PO Box 7912 CANBERRA BC ACT 2610

    0410 496 721 Treasurer

    for Membership Inquiries
    0477 358 580 Secretary

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

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