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.

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Upcoming events

    • 22 Aug 2017
    • 08:30
    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 17:00
    • Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, BARTON ACT 2600

    2017 marks the 35th year since the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) was finalised. Although the Convention enjoys almost universal acceptance by states, significant differences persist in its interpretation and implementation. Nowhere has its continued utility been more keenly tested than in the Asia Pacific region. In particular, the 2016 award in the South China Sea Arbitration (The Republic of Philippines v. The People's Republic of China) continues to drive a considerable academic and political discourse.

    The Centre for Military & Security Law and the USI of the ACT are proud to present a major conference to examine this important issue. The conference aims to explore the legal pressure points that surround the operation of the LOSC in the Asia Pacific region through a series of linked discussions. Significant attention will be paid to the Arbitral Award, with a focus on the legal issues that were dealt with by the Tribunal and subsequent state practice.

    Under our partnering arrangement with the Centre for Military & Security Law, USI of the ACT members can attend at a cost of $200 - half the cost of a regular ticket.  This price includes tea and coffee on arrival, lunches and morning and afternoon teas on both days. You can register on the ANU website here - be sure to scroll down through the ticket categories to find the USI of the ACT Member option.

    Attendees can expect interaction with Australian and international academic commentators, diplomats, government officials and military officers as well as those with an interest in the legal issues that surround the maritime environment in the the Asia Pacific region.

    (Photo: The Conversation)

    • 05 Sep 2017
    • 18:00 - 20:00
    • RUSI Hall Victoria Barracks Brisbane

    RUSIQ Evening Lecture Notice

    Tuesday, 5 September 2017,
    1800 at RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks

    SUBJECT: The Boys of Brisbane Grammar School, Soldiers of the Queen and the King, to the Boer War and to the Great War.

    INTRODUCTION:    Many of the Australians who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in April 1915 were in their late teens and early 20s, and had no concept of the horrors that lay before them. Others were somewhat older, and decidedly more aware.

    These older and wiser warriors had served in South Africa, less than a generation before, on behalf of their queen, their king, and (after 1 January 1901) their newly federated commonwealth. They had fought in the Boer War – Australia's first war. They were Fathers of the ANZACs, and among them were twelve Old Boys of Brisbane Grammar School who volunteered for the Boer War and volunteered again when war was declared in 1914.

    The names and some details of the 1,020 BGS Old Boys known to have served in the Great War are recorded in The Golden Book, a four-volume, leather-bound compendium that is one of the school's most treasured possessions, housed in a crystal cabinet. The records were compiled as a labour of love by Stuart Stephenson, headmaster from 1928 to 1940. Each occupies one page. The calligraphy was the work of Charles Bennett Fox, an alumnus. The border of poppies was designed by Madge Roe, daughter of Reginald Heber Roe, a former headmaster. The Brisbane Grammar School Magazine of November 1915 noted that eleven members of the "Expeditionary Force also served in the South Africa War." Through my research, I positively identified a twelfth man, and came tantalizingly close to naming a thirteenth. (His story is still to be told). BGS fielded a cricket team of the highest calibre. This paper elaborates on The Golden Book profiles of these twelve Fathers of the Anzacs, telling their stories in detail, in some cases for the first time.

    PRESENTER:    Diane MELLOY   -    A researcher, writer, and speaker with particular interests in the Boer War, World War I, and Mary Queen of Scots.

    Diane Melloy is a granddaughter of Corporal Joseph Lock (a stockman from Charleville who served with the 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen during the Boer War) and the widow of Armourer-Sergeant Robert Sydney Melloy (the Last Man of the 42nd Battalion AIF and author of "Time Will Tell: Memoirs of a Kangaroo Point Kid") – one of ten WWI widows who attended the Anzac Centenary commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 as guests of the Australian Government and Qantas.
    If you wish to attend, please notify the Secretary of RUSIQ, Ms Jacqui Page (phone: 0421 667 629 or email ) by 1200 on Monday, 4 September 2017 [for Security and Catering purposes] Registration is essential!
    Cost: $10.00 for Members of RUSIQ; $15.00 for Non-Members. A Hot Supper, with appropriate beverages, will be served after the Lecture.

    • 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 23 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 by clicking the grey button.

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

    (Photo: Human Services)

    • 05 Oct 2017
    • 16:00 - 17:00
    • Ngunnawal Theatre, Building R1, Russell

    The Council is delighted to announce a presentation by the Executive Director of the Australian Civil-Military Centre, Dr Alan Ryan, to be held in the Ngunnawal Theatre, Buildng R1, Russell, commencing at 1600 hours on Thursday 5 October 2017.  You can read Dr Ryan's biography here.

    The Australian Civil-Military Centre is a small, but significant, interagency organisation that is a part of the Australian Defence Force Headquarters and works to the Vice Chief of the Defence Force. Though an integral part of Defence, its mission is to support Australian Government departments and agencies to prepare for, prevent and respond to conflicts and disasters overseas. It works across the Australian government, with international government counterparts, international and non-government organisations and the private sector. It builds operational preparedness through concept development, multiagency exercise support, education and training and whole of government lessons-learned.  

    In this presentation Dr Ryan will discuss how the Centre’s work supports the development of national capability and how the implementation of the national Integrated Approach to operations is a strategic game-changer.

    (Photo: ACMC)

    • 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 - 23:00
    • National Gallery of Australia
    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

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

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