Royal United Services Institute of Australia

United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory

Our Next Event

Wednesday 22 November: 2017 ACT Blamey Oration

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 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 cheque or direct debit to our bank account incurs no fees - but please ensure you include your name and invoice number in the reference when paying.

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

The Waitlist is now open here.

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.


Our Last Event

Thursday 26 October

On Thursday 26 October, Dr Tony Murney gave members and guests a personal perspective on Police Development Challenges in Afghanistan and Somalia.  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.

Dr Tony Murney reflected on his experiences as a United Nations policing advisor in Afghanistan and Somalia. Police development and reform provided 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 download his biography here.

(Photo: Murney)

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, have explored in detail the 2016 White Paper's theme of Australia's security in the region.  We presented a number of speakers expert in this field, including an academic perspective and a range of policy practitioners.  Beyond this principal theme, we presented 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 heard a quite different 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

(membership and all other)

Mail address: 
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CP3-1-155 PO Box 7912 CANBERRA BC ACT 2610

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

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