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About RUSIDSS  Australia:

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

The Institute gratefully acknowledges the valued support received from the Department of Defence in its mission. 

RUSIDSS-A Offices located at Defence

RUSIDSS-A and USI of the ACT Offices and Call Centre at Defence Campbell Park

RUSIDSS-A is a Company, whose Members are independently constituted Australian 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 ACNC and 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 extensive program of guest speaker presentations and other activities.

ACT: 2019 ACT Blamey Oration: GEN Peter Van Uhm AO (Retd)

  • 12 Nov 2019
  • 19:00 - 22:30
  • National Arboretum


The United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory and the Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Memorial Fund are delighted to announce that the 2019 ACT Blamey Oration will be delivered by former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands,  General Peter Van Uhm AO (Retd). The working title for the Oration is Strategic Leadership.

This special event will be held at the National Arboretum, Canberra, on Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 1900 for 1930 hours.

You can register here or by contacting our office (T: 02 6266 3446; E:

Ticket prices are:

USI/RUSI members: $98/head

Non-members: $148/head

If you are using direct debit to our bank account, 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.

Members please note: 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.

We regret that, due to protocols at this venue, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations after 4 November.

Dress for this event is lounge suit.

(Photo & bio: Van Uhm)

The 2019 ACT Blamey Oration is proudly sponsored by L3Harris, PwC, the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Defence.



                                                RUSI OF TASMANIA

                                      PRESENTATION FLYER

                        Thursday 20 FEB 2020

Flexible Learning Centre Theatrette

                    At 7pm        


“What happened to the survivors from the SMS Emden”

This is a fascination tale of courage, seamanship and determination that stretched from Direction Island in the Cocos Keeling to Berlin.



Will tell the story of these brave and  resourceful men and recount their extraordinary escape story.



RUSIDSS NSW Library Surplus Book Sale

Interested RUSI Members, Service Members and the Public are encouraged to examine the attached list of surplus military books which are for sale at very reasonable prices. The proceeds will go towards the movement of the RUSIDSS NSW Library to the Hyde Park Memorial. Interested persons may contact Vice President John Hutcheson at 02 93932325 or .

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.

Click here to download a copy

RUSI of Queensland's "The Brisbane Line"

RUSI of Queensland publishes its magazine "The Brisbane Line" for their Members and Guests.

Brisbane Line Vol 6 Issue 4 December 2018

Brisbane Line Vol 6 Issue 3 September 2018

Brisbane Line Vol 6 Issue 2 July 2018

Brisbane Line Vol 6 Issue 1 April 2018

Brisbane Line Vol 5 Issue 4 December 2017

Brisbane Line Vol 5 Issue 3 September 2017

RUSI of SA Newsletter

RUSI of SA publishes and promotes National Security and Defence through its Newsletter "Sensor". Back copies are available by contacting the Editor.

"The Sensor" RUSIDSS-SA Summer/Autumn 469 Newsletter

"The Sensor" RUSIDSS-SA Spring 468 Newsletter

"The Sensor" RUSIDSS-SA Winter 467 Newsletter

"The Sensor" RUSIDSS-SA Spring 466 Newsletter

"The Sensor" RUSI-SA 2017 Winter 465 Newsletter

"The Sensor" RUSI-SA 2017 Autumn 464 Newsletter

RUSI of Tasmania's Gazette

RUSI of Tasmania issues the Gazette to inform Members and their guests of forthcoming events, presentations and Papers delivered at their functions. Please see below for their latest details.

RUSI Tasmania Gazette Vol 3-2019

RUSI Tasmania Gazette Vol 4-2018

RUSI Tasmania Gazette Vol 3-2018

RUSI Tasmania Gazette Vol 2-2018                                                                                                                     

RUSI Tasmania Gazette  Vol 1-2017

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter

RUSI of Victoria issues a Newsletter from time to time through their website. Their latest is located below.

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter Vol 17 Issue 1 March 2018

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter Vol 16  issue 3 October 2017 

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter Vol 16 issue 2 June 2017

RUSI of Victoria Newsletter Vol 16 issue 1 March 2017

RUSI of Western Australia Newsletter

RUSI of Western Australia Newsletter September 2018 Edition

RUSI of Western Australia Newsletter August 2018 Edition

RUSI of Western Australia Newsletter July 2018 Edition

RUSI of Western Australia Newsletter March 2018 Edition

RUSI of Western Australia Newsletter January 2018 Edition

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