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

Wednesday, 11 October:  Dr Norman Friedman: The North Korean Nuclear Weapons Program.  

The Sea Power Centre - Australia and the Australian Naval Institute are pleased to announce a jointly hosted seminar by the world-renowned naval strategist Dr Norman Friedman on Wednesday, 11 October in the Ngunnawal Theatrette R1 from 0930 to 1100.

Dr Friedman will offer his assessment of the strategic calculus driving the North Korean regime's nuclear weapons program. He will also examine the role of Chinese and Russian policy towards the Korean Peninsula, as well as canvassing policy options for the United States and its allies. Dr Friedman's presentation will be followed by a period of Q&A.

Registration is not required but seats for this event will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive by 0915 for a prompt 0930 start.

Thursday 26 October:  Australian Naval Institute: Goldrick Seminar: Submarine Operations Today and in the Future.

Co-convened with the Submarine Institute Australia and the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society.

Proudly sponsored by:

The undersea environment is the most complex and challenging operating environment for navies. This year’s Goldrick Seminar will discuss these complexities and the new capabilities that will equip the Navy and other elements of the Australian Defence Force.

Registration, which includes morning tea and lunch, is $50 for ANI Members and non-ANI members. ADFA Midshipmen and Officer Cadets are offered complimentary registration, but are required to register.

Bookings and registration can be made via One Stop at UNSW at ADFA.

Seminar Speakers:

Rear Admiral Greg Sammut, Head Future Submarine Program
Captain Geoff Wadley, Commander Submarines
Mika Ihalainen, Swedish Defence Attaché Australia and New Zealand
Commodore Peter Scott
Commodore Lee Goddard, Vice President ANI
Rear Admiral James Goldrick

When: 8.30am – 4.00pm on Thursday, 26 October 2017

Where: Adams Auditorium, Australian Defence Force Academy, Northcott Drive, Campbell, ACT 2600

Dress: S7/Business attire

Cost: $50.00 for ANI Members and non-members (includes morning tea and lunch).
ADFA Midshipmen and Officer Cadets: complimentary registration

RSVP: Phone: +61 (0) 2 6290 1505; Mail: PO Box 241, Deakin West ACT 2600; Email:

Thursday 2 November: Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company Firepower Seminar No 8: The Western Front: Cambrai and the Beginning of the End.

The RAAHC is presenting the Firepower series of seminars to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, particularly highlighting the role of the Gunners.  This 8th seminar in the series examines the events of late 1917.  Speakers are:

Professor Michael Evans: the emergence of modern combined arms warfare

Dr Jean Bou: the battle of Cambrai

LTCOL Chris Gardiner: the advent of the tank

No booking necessary, tea and coffee provided.  

Where: Building 30 Lecture Room 1 South, ADFA.

When: Thursday, 2 Nov 17, gather at 1700 hours for 1730-1930 seminar.

Upcoming events

    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 - 14:00
    • RUSI Hall Victoria Barracks Petrie Terrace Brisbane

    RUSIQ Lecture Programme,   Notice

    Wednesday, 18 October 2017;  1200,  RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks

      “The Australian Light Horse in WWI”

    Presented by: CAPT Adele Catt

    31 October 2017, is the 100th anniversary of the famous charge by the 4Th and 12th Light Horse Regiments at Beersheba. But there is much more to the story than this one event. CAPT Catts can’t cover everything in this rich saga, but she will attempt to highlight a number of other battles and key aspects of the desert campaign. Most importantly, she will also attempt to debunk some of the more common myths that abound, and to excite listeners to study this area in more detail.

    The mounted soldier is one of the most evocative symbols in Australian military history. He is part of the Australian Army Heritage.

    The history of the ALH is a great story, which becomes better as one grasps more of the facts and detail.

    CAPT Adele Catts enlisted in the Australian Army Reserve (WRAAC) on 11 February 1981.

    She had an early taste of “Museums”, in 1983, when she worked at Army Museum, NSW whilst studying. In 1993 she completed the “Army Curator’s Course” at the AWM, and was posted as Curator at the 3rd/9th Light Horse (SAMR) Museum in Adelaide. She has completed a further 5 University courses in Museum studies.

    CAPT Catts became well known in southern Queensland circles during her 18 years as Curator of the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (QMI) Museum at Enoggera. In July 2013 she was posted to Victoria Barracks, Brisbane, as the Manager, Army Museum  South Queensland, her current posting.

    CAPT Catts attended the centenary celebrations of the Anglo-Boer War in South Africa, 2000, and Gallipoli and Beersheba, 2008, in an official capacity. She was an Honorary ADC to two Queensland Governors (2003-08) 

    To register to attend this lecture, please phone the Secretary: Mr Rick Jeffreys OAM,   0411 511 369, or email to by Tuesday, 17 October 2017

    Bookings are essential for Security and Catering purposes!!

    Access to Victoria Barracks requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their names checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall. Names will also be registered with Base Security

    The cost is $10.00 for RUSI Members; and $15.00 for non-members  (includes lunch)

    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 18:00 - 19:00
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    One of the most difficult challenges in post-conflict societies is the establishment of systems to replace the rule of the gun - in other words, the creation of effective policing capabilities.

    In this presentation, Dr Tony Murney will reflect on his experiences as a United Nations policing advisor in Afghanistan and Somalia.  Police development and reform provide the platform for a discussion designed to provide insights for policy analysts, tacticians and strategists, both past and future.

    Before working with the UN, Tony Murney was a senior manager in the International Deployment Group of the Australian Federal Police.  You can read his biography here.

    Please join us for networking before the presentation in the ADC Mess from 1700 hours.

    (Photo: Murney)

    • 22 Nov 2017
    • 19:00 - 22:30
    • National Gallery of Australia

    The United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory and the Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Memorial Fund are pleased to announce that the 2017 ACT Blamey Oration will be delivered by former United States Army general, best-selling author and founder of the McChrystal Group, Stan McChrystal.

    This special event will be held at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, on Wednesday 22 November 2017 at 1900 for 1930 hours.

    The topic for the Oration has not yet been confirmed, but the working title is "Leading in Uncertainty".

    Ticket prices are:

    USI/RUSI members: $95/head

    Non-members: $135/head

    Regrettably, we must also pass on Paypal processing fees of $3/head for members and $4/head for non-members.  Payment by direct debit to our bank account incurs no fees - but please ensure you include your name in the reference when paying.

    Ticket prices include pre-dinner drinks, a three course dinner and wine at the table.

    Registration will open for members and non-members on 17 October.

    Members please note: spouses, partners and other guests are most welcome, but there is no "first guest at member price" discount for this event; your non-member guests will need to join USI of the ACT to secure the member price or be registered at the non-member price.

    Under the terms of our sponsorship agreement with Defence, a 10% discount is available on tables purchased by the Department. Table organisers should call our office on 02 6266 3446 to book.

    We regret that, due to protocols at this venue, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations after 15 November.

    Dress for this event is lounge suit.


    The 2017 ACT Blamey Oration is proudly sponsored by L3 Communications Australia, the Australian Army, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Department of Defence.


    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 17:00 - 19:00

    Please mark your diary now for our Christmas Drinks, which is always a popular event.  This is great social occasion, and it also provides the opportunity to thanks all our speakers from throughout the year.

    Tickets are once again just $10 per head.  This price includes snacks and drinks.

    Registration will open shortly.

    Do come along and mark the end of another great USI year!


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

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