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.

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. 


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

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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

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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

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