Royal United Services Institute of Australia

United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory

Our Next Event

Thursday 10 August

The Council of the USI of the ACT is delighted to announce a presentation by Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC.  The Minister will speak on Cyber Security. 

This event will be held in the Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek, commencing at 1800 hours sharp.  Members and guests are asked to be seated in the theatre by 1755 hours.

Members and guests wishing to attend this event are required to register: access to the theatre will be strictly controlled and restricted to those on the registration list. Register either online or by contacting the USI office (T: 02 6266 3446; E: Registration will close at 1700 hours on Friday 4 August.

Photo ID is required for access to the Defence College.

The ADC mess will be open for networking from 1700 hours.

(Photo: Parliament of Australia)

Our Last Event

Thursday 13 July

On Thursday 13 June 2017, Mr Scott Dewar, First Assistant Secretary International Policy Division at the Department of Defence, addressed members and guests of the USI on the topic of Defence interests and engagement in South East Asia and the near region. 

In a thought provoking presentation, Mr Dewar provided insight into Defence approaches to the current situation and views on emergent and future challenges that may impact the ADF and Australia. He described the policy challenges associated with growing major power competition across the Western Pacific and how Australia should seek to utilize the instruments of national power, including the ADF, to shape and influence constructive responses to the security challenges within the immediate region. Mr Dewar provided candid responses to a series of thoughtful questions providing the audience with insight and views into Australia's regional security setting. 

(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

(membership and all other)

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