Royal United Services Institute of Australia

United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory

Our Next Event

Thursday 13 February 2020: First Speaker Event

The Council is currently finalizing the 2020 speaker program, and will post details of the first speaker event early in the New Year.   It is our intention to present the first speaker event on the evening of Thursday 13th February.     

The program was busy and substantial in 2019, culminating in the highly successful Blamey Oration featuring GEN Peter Van Uhm AO.   This year has been a busy one and delivered on our charter to provide a series of presentations throughout the year relevant to the current National Security and Defence environment.   We look forward to presenting another great year of activities in 2020.  

The USI of the ACT speaker program is proudly sponsored by PwC


Our Last Event

Tuesday 12 November: 2019 ACT Blamey Oration

Our 2019 ACT Blamey Orator was former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands, General Peter Van Uhm AO, whose topic was In a faster changing world, we need the right leadership. GEN Van Uhm provided clear examples of the speed at which contemporary events are moving and suggested key leadership traits that are needed to enable governments and defence forces to survive and thrive. We will upload the video of the Oration once editing is completed.

USI of the ACT photos of the event are available here; to download, use the code 6716.  City News social snaps can be found here.

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


President's Message

Air Vice Marshal Bill Henman AM (Retd)

I'm delighted to have been chosen as your new President and pleased to have the opportunity to get more involved in the USI of the ACT.

USI has made great strides in recent years and it will be important that we continue to build on that terrific work. We might do things a little differently, but we will continue to emphasise the benchmarks of presenting a compelling program, delivering value for stakeholders, and modelling best-practice governance. One thing is for certain: if we sit still, we'll die.

I'm very much looking forward to meeting members and working with you to take USI forward.

About the USI of the ACT

The United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory (USI of the ACT) is an independent, not-for-profit, incorporated association, part of a wider network of similar state and territory organisations operating under the umbrella of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia. Our aim is 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:

Secretary USI of the ACT Inc.
CP3-1-157 Campbell Park Office


Mail address: 
Australia Post Mail to:
CP3-1-157 PO Box 7912 CANBERRA BC ACT 2610

Membership and Treasurer enquiries:

Tel: 0410 496 721


ABN: 69 739 962 119

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L3 generously supports the ACT Blamey Oration. L3 develops advanced defence technologies and commercial solutions in pilot training, aviation security, night vision and EO/IR.

Home Affairs generously supports the Blamey Oration.

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