Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia


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About the RUSIDSS of Australia:

The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia (RUSIDSS-A) aims to promote informed debate to improve public awareness and understanding of defence and national security.

The Institute is grateful to receive funding and other valued support from the Department of Defence in this mission.  We also receive financial support from our National Sponsor Rolls-Royce.

RUSIDSS-A is a federation of independently constituted state and territory chapters, headquartered in Canberra, ACT. It is a non-profit organisation registered with the ACNC and is a Company limited by Guarantee managed by ASIC. It provides educational, research and related services through its library services, website, journals and periodicals, regular presentations, conferences and seminars and visits to military installations. It has a long tradition of serving the community by promoting a better understanding of defence and national security.  This includes an understanding of Australian defence strategy, contemporary and historic conflict, developments in military science and technology and all aspects of defence and security as they relate to Australia now and into the future. It has several thousand members in all states and the ACT and include serving and retired members of the Australian Defence Force and other interested in defence and national security.

Membership is open to all who have an interest in national security and defence.  Members join one of the constituent Bodies, and can do so through this website, or directly with one of the state bodies.  State bodies conduct an extesive program of guest speaker presentations and other activities.

National President's Message:

   Rear Admiral Simon Cullen AM CSC (Retd)

These are exciting times for RUSIDSS-A.

I am particularly pleased to announce that Ms. Louise Austen has recently been elected as the President of RUSI Western Australia.  Louise is the first woman to fill the role of president in any RUSI constituent body and we wish her every success.

Since the company's establishment on 24 June, the newly appointed independent Board has been focussed on bedding down governance arrangements, supporting the activities of constituent bodies and beginning work on developing a roadmap for the future of the company.

Our first Annual General Meeting will be held in Melbourne 22-23 September and will be attended by the Board and the members of the company, namely the presidents of the seven constituent bodies.  This will provide the Board with an opportunity to highlight progress made to date and discuss plans for the future.

While the strong program of State and Territory based activities will continue, at the national level the company will focus on emerging opportunities to further support an improved understanding of national security and defence issues.  

As always, we remain extremely grateful for the support provided to RUSIDSS-A by the Department of Defence.


RUSI of NSW Monthly Newsletter

RUSI of NSW generates a monthly Newsletter for RUSI NSW Members and non-members. We are now offering this to visitors to the national website. Back copies will be made available in the future. Contact 02 9393 2325/ for more information.

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Contact details:
Peter McDermott, Company Secretary RUSIDSS-A.

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Mail address: 
CP3-1-155 PO Box 7912 CANBERRA BC ACT 2610. Telephone: 02 6266 3446.

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

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