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

Centre for Military and Security Law: Wednesday 19 April 2017, 1730-1900 hours: Professor Gerry Simpson: Cold War International Law: Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU.  For those interested in the legal dimension of national security and defence.  Read more and register here.

Australian National University, Military History and Heritage Victoria and the Returned & Services League of Australia: Two-day Conference 12 - 13 May 2017: Monash Centre, Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane: War in the Sandpit - Perspectives and Lessons from Australia's War in Afghanistan and Iraq 2001 - 2014.  Few, if any, envisaged that Australia's campaign in Iraq and Afghanistan would turn out to be our longest war.  With the official history of the conflicts some years away, this conference will undertake a preliminary analysis of this significant period.  What happened? How well did we understand the nature of the fight?  Why did we contribute the way we did?  Were there other viable approaches?  Did we add value?  What lessons can we learn?  Download the flyer to find out more and register.

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.


Upcoming events

    • 06 Apr 2017
    • 18:00 - 19:00
    • Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    The Royal Australian Navy: The Next Three Years

    Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, Chief of Navy

    In a speech in late in 2016, the Chief of Navy reflected on the opportunities and challenges of the largest recapitalisation of the RAN since World War II.  

    He emphasised it was not about building an interoperable navy but building an integrated force for the Australian Defence Force.

    He also noted Navy would need to design and train 'from the ground up' to have a force trained and equipped to be capable of the decisive and distributed lethality necessary for winning in contemporary operations.

    Has this piqued your interest?  If so, come and listen to the Chief of Navy talk about Navy's plans for the future.

    Vice Admiral Tim Barrett joined the Navy in 1976 as a Seaman Officer and later specialised in Aviation.  He assumed command of the RAN on 1 July 2014.  His full biography is here.  

    (Photo: DoD)

    • 03 May 2017
    • 12:00 - 14:30
    • Ngunnawal Theatre, Building R1, Russell

    USI of the ACT, in partnership with the Australian Naval Institute, is pleased to present a seminar with two eminent German scholars, Prof Dr Michael Epkenhans and COL Dr Gerhard Gross.


    1210 – 1255:  Professor Dr Michael Epkenhans  - German Maritime Security in the 20th Century

    1300 - 1315: Light lunch

    1320 - 1400: Colonel Dr Gerhard Gross: Myth & Reality of German Warfare Operational thinking - Moltke the Elder to Heusinger

    1405: Panel session Q & A – Both Historians

    1425: Close of Seminar

    This seminar is an outstanding opportunity to explore historical perspectives on the German armed forces in the 20th century.  This will be of particular interest to students of naval history and those with a passion for the operational art.

    Note;  Defence passes are not required for access to the Ngunnawal Theatre

    • 11 May 2017
    • 18:00 - 19:00
    • Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    Australian Federal Police Operations in the Near Region

    Commissioner Andrew Colvin, APM, OAM

    The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has a significant role to play as part of Australia's whole-of-government approach to fighting crime at its source and contributing to national security more broadly.

    The AFP is involved in collaboration, intelligence gathering and capacity building off-shore in Australia's external territories and around the world.  AFP operations in our near region are grouped and managed into two areas of responsibility:  Pacific and External Territories, and South East Asia.  Commissioner Colvin has been asked to address the status, achievements and future outlook for the various AFP activities and operations in Australia's near region.

    Commissioner Andrew Colvin is a career police officer  having joined the AFP in 1990.  He was appointed the AFP's 7th Commissioner on 2 October 2014.  His full bio is here.

    (Photo: ANU)

    • 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

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