Royal United Services Institute of Australia

United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory

Our Next Event

Thursday 31 May 2018

The Council is delighted to announce a presentation by the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell AO, DSC, to be held in the Spender Theatre, Australian Defence college, Weston Creek, on Thursday 31 May, commencing at 1800 hours.  (Please note further change of date.)

In 2016, General Campbell addressed members and guests on the Ryan Review, which concerned training, education and doctrine in the Army. On this occasion, he will speak on The current and future Army. As General Campbell prepares to leave the Army to take up his recently announced appointment as Chief of the Defence Force, this promises to be a rich and insightful session, not to be missed.

Entry to this event is free but registration is required, either on the website here, or by contacting our office (E:; T: 02 6266 3446).

Members and guests are reminded that photo ID is required for access to the Weston Creek campus.

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Our Last Event

Thursday 19 April 2018

On Thursday 19 April, our 2017 Leo Mahony Bursary winner, Deborah Jeppesen, briefed members and guests on progress on her doctoral research in a presentation entitled Are we influential? Examining the attributes which make military advisors effective in Train Advise Assist roles.

Deborah explained that in deciding on a doctoral project, she first and foremost wanted to produce a work that would have practical application rather than gather dust.  Given that so many of the ADF's recent contributions have involved providing military advisers, understanding the attributes required for success in such roles seemed an ideal choice.

Deborah described her hypothesis that emotional intelligence is the key to success and explained what this means behaviourally, her research method and some of her results.  She went on to list some preliminary conclusions and their implications.  All this and more is explained in the slides for her presentation.

The Leo Mahony Bursary is a significant element of the USI program. It is  awarded annually to a doctoral scholar enrolled in an ACT university and studying in the field of national security and defence. It commemorates the memory and service of founding National Secretary of RUSI-A and long-time USI member and Counsellor, Mr Leo MahonyConnecting recipients with USI members is an important element of the Bursary.  We achieve this in a number of ways: recipients are presented with their award at our Annual Members Dinner; appointed Honorary members for 12 months; and invited to attend our events and functions. They are also asked to give a presentation on their work.

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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 2018, we will explore in some detail the new Department of Home Affairs: how it came about, views on whether it is necessary, how it is shaping up, and what is hoped for its future.  We begin on 8 February with an academic perspective provided by Professor John Blaxland from ANU, and over coming months we plan to present a range of practitioner views.  Beyond that theme, we hope to present several senior officials and ADF officers to hear updates on their agencies.  In May, our 2017 Leo Mahoney Bursary winner, Deborah Jeppesen, will brief members and guests on her work following her coming research trip to the United States. And we will continue to seize opportunities to engage other relevant speakers as they arise. Finally, we are in the early stages of securing more high-profile speakers for our Members' Dinner and the ACT Blamey Oration.  So there's a strong program in prospect.  Please keep an eye on the website and watch our newsletters for further details.

From a Council point of view, 2018 shapes as another 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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USI of the ACT is located in Canberra. For further information please contact:

LTCOL Richard Maurice
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The RUSIDSS-A gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Defence for its continuing assistance.

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