Royal United Services Institute of Australia

United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory

Our Next Event

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.

Our Last Event

11 May

On Thursday 11 May, Commissioner Andrew Colvin APM, OAM, addressed members and guests at the Defence College on Australian Federal Police Operations in the Near Region.  While emphasising that the AFP is, first and foremost, a policing agency, Commissioner Colvin acknowledged the role of what he called "police-led diplomacy". He also noted that, since crime in Australia is increasingly overseas driven or directed, the AFP's approach is to address crime at its source rather than wait for it to get  to Australia.  He described the AFP's overseas operations and missions and spoke at some length about the role of important regional partners such as Indonesia and China. In a frank question and answer session, he canvassed some of the highs and lows of the AFP's international experience over more than a decade.  (Photo: USI)

President's Message

Major General Mike Crane DSC & Bar AM (Retd)


The USI of the ACT is committed to presenting a compelling program of activities, delivering value for stakeholders, and modelling best-practice governance.

In 2017, we are exploring in detail the 2016 White Paper's theme of Australia's security in the region.  We will present a number of speakers expert in this field, including an academic perspective and a range of policy practitioners.  Beyond this principal theme, we will present a selection of senior officials to hear updates on their agencies.  And we will continue to seize opportunities to engage other relevant speakers as they present.  We also continue to broaden the focus of our national security considerations - for example, we will hear a human security perspective at our annual dinner from Secretary of the Department of Human Security, Ms Kathryn Campbell CSC.

From a Council point of view, 2017 is a year of consolidating the changes we have made to our governance. We continue to work hard to implement the reforms identified in our 2015 strategic review.

About the USI of the ACT

The United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory (USI of the ACT)  aims to promote understanding of national security and defence issues.  Membership is open to all who have an interest in national security and defence.  We host a program of guest speaker presentations, usually once each month, and offer an annual bursary to an ACT-based doctoral scholar.  

Our Patron is Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd).  You can read his biography here.

Our next speaker can be found at "What's On", and a record of previous presentations can be found under "Transcripts" and Past Events.

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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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