Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia


    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 18:00 - 19:00
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    One of the most difficult challenges in post-conflict societies is the establishment of systems to replace the rule of the gun - in other words, the creation of effective policing capabilities.

    In this presentation, Dr Tony Murney will reflect on his experiences as a United Nations policing advisor in Afghanistan and Somalia.  Police development and reform provide the platform for a discussion designed to provide insights for policy analysts, tacticians and strategists, both past and future.

    Before working with the UN, Tony Murney was a senior manager in the International Deployment Group of the Australian Federal Police.  You can read his biography here.

    Please join us for networking before the presentation in the ADC Mess from 1700 hours.

    (Photo: Murney)

    • 31 Oct 2017
    • 18:00 - 20:30
    • RUSI Hall Victoria Barracks Petrie Terrace Brisbane

    RUSIQ Evening Lecture            

    Tuesday, 31 October 2017,      1800,    RUSI Hall Victoria Barracks

    Subject:  “The Charge at Beersheba and its context”

    “For days the Charge was the talk of the camps and messes. The Australian Light Horse had galloped into history”

    Every Australian recognises the image of the Australian Light Horseman, it is up there with cricket, koalas  and beer! Is this accolade deserved?

    This presentation will be delivered on 31 October, the 100th Anniversary of the famous charge by the 4th and 12th Light Horse at Beersheba in Palestine, a pivotal action on the road to Jerusalem.

    No other action by Australians in the Middle East in WWI has caught the public imagination as has the Charge. Two feature films have been made about it.

    The build up to this action and its aftermath will be examined as part of the Palestine Campaign of WWI

    Presenter: CAPT Adele Catts enlisted in the Australian Army Reserve (WRAAC) on11 February 1981.

    She had an early taste of “Museums”, in 1983, when she worked at Army Museum  NSW whilst studying. In 1993 she completed the “Army Curator’s Course” at the AWM, and was posted as Curator at the 3rd/9th Light Horse (SAMR) Museum in Adelaide. She has completed a further 5 University courses in Museum studies.

    CAPT Catts became well known in southern Queensland circles during her 18 years as Curator of the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (QMI) Museum at Enoggera. In July 2013 she was posted to Victoria Barracks, Brisbane, as the Manager, Army Museum South Queensland, her current posting.

    CAPT Catts attended the centenary celebrations of the Anglo-Boer War in South Africa, 2000, and Gallipoli and Beersheba, 2008, in an official capacity. She was an Honorary ADC to two Queensland Governors (2003-08) 

    To register to attend this lecture, please phone the Secretary: Mr Rick Jeffreys OAM  0411 511 369, or email to by Monday, 30 October 2017

    Access to Victoria Barracks requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their names checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall. Names will also be registered with Base Security

    The cost is $10.00 for RUSI Members; and $15.00 for non-members (which includes supper)

    • 06 Nov 2017
    • 11:30 - 14:00
    • The Combined Ex-services Mess Assoc. - Torrens Parade Ground Adelaide



    6th November, 2017 Luncheon

    Your Invitation



    Presented by the Royal United Services Institute – South Australia, a not-for-profit organization, established to inform the public on important and significant defence and security matters.

    A Presentation by:


    Phil Palmer, South Australian Secretary of the Ambulance Employees Association

    “What it is to be a paramedic (Ambo) in South Australia, the challenges and rewards.”

    Date: Monday 6 Novembder 2017

    Time:11.30 for 12.00 noon – 2pm

    Where: The Combined Ex-Services Mess Association SA Inc

    Torrens Parade Ground Adelaide

    Dress Code:Business Attire/Neat Casual

    Cost: $35.00 non-members ($30.00 for members)

    includes a two course meal and attendance at the talk.

    Lecture only at 1PM - $5 donation

    Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase.

    RSVP for Lecture or Luncheon by 3pm Friday 3rd November 2017

    on 8305 6378 or email 

    to secure your seat.

    We look forward to seeing you at this event and being a part of the briefing.



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    • 22 Nov 2017
    • 19:00 - 22:30
    • National Gallery of Australia

    The United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory and the Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Memorial Fund are pleased to announce that the 2017 ACT Blamey Oration will be delivered by former United States Army general, best-selling author and founder of the McChrystal Group, Stan McChrystal.

    This special event will be held at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, on Wednesday 22 November 2017 at 1900 for 1930 hours.

    The topic for the Oration is "Leading in Uncertainty".

    Ticket prices are:

    USI/RUSI members: $95/head

    Non-members: $135/head

    Regrettably, we must also pass on Paypal processing fees of $3/head for members and $4/head for non-members.  Payment by cheque or direct debit to our bank account incurs no fees - but 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.

    Registration is now open.

    Members please note: spouses, 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.

    Under the terms of our sponsorship agreement with Defence, a 10% discount is available on tables purchased by the Department. Table organisers should call our office on 02 6266 3446 to book.

    We regret that, due to protocols at this venue, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations after 15 November.

    Dress for this event is lounge suit.


    The 2017 ACT Blamey Oration is proudly sponsored by L3 Communications Australia, the Australian Army, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Department of Defence.


    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 17:00 - 19:00

    Please mark your diary now for our Christmas Drinks, which is always a popular event.  This is great social occasion, and it also provides the opportunity to thanks all our speakers from throughout the year.

    Tickets are once again just $10 per head.  This price includes snacks and drinks.

    Registration will open shortly.

    Do come along and mark the end of another great USI year!

Past events

18 Oct 2017 QLD: Captain Adele Catts - "The Australian Light Horse in WW I"
10 Oct 2017 QLD: "Say Farewell to the Beersheba Diorama" - Military Modelling Special Interest Group
09 Oct 2017 SA: October Luncheon Speaker - Senator Cory Bernardi, Senator for South Australia - "A Conservative's View of Defence."
05 Oct 2017 ACT: Dr Alan Ryan: The Australian Civil-Military Centre
21 Sep 2017 ACT: 2017 Annual Members' Dinner: Ms Kathryn Campbell CSC, Secretary of the Department of Human Services: Securing our systems and data
13 Sep 2017 QLD: CAPT David L O Hayward (Retd) - " The Sovereignty Dispute in the South China Sea, Economic Considerations for the Military & Economic Security of Australia"
07 Sep 2017 ACT: 2017 Annual General Meeting
05 Sep 2017 QLD: Diane Melloy - " The Boys of Brisbane Grammar School, Soldiers of the Queen and the King, to the Boer War and to the Great War."
04 Sep 2017 SA: September Luncheon Speaker - Dr Romain Fathi " A different perspective on the First World War: The Frence Experience."
23 Aug 2017 QLD: MAJ Matthew Marcinkewycz - The Modern IED Threat
22 Aug 2017 ACT: Conference: The Law of the Sea in the Asia Pacific Region: Opportunities, Threats and Challenges
10 Aug 2017 ACT: Hon Dan Tehan MP: Cyber Security
07 Aug 2017 SA: August Luncheon
01 Aug 2017 QLD: 2017 LTCOL Rick Maher: "Gallantry -v- Leadership"
13 Jul 2017 ACT: Mr Scott Dewar, First Assistant Secretary International Policy, Department of Defence
03 Jul 2017 SA: Luncheon Speaker July - Imam Mohammed Tawhidi - "The Danger to Australia posed by Muslim Extremists"
29 Jun 2017 ACT: Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC, Chief of Air Force: The Royal Australian Air Force: The Next Three Years
05 Jun 2017 ACT: Major General Kath Toohey CSC, Head Land Capability: Looking Ahead: the Australian Army out to 2025
05 Jun 2017 SA: June Luncheon Speaker : Chen Yonglin, Former Chinese Diplomat : "Exposing the Chinese threat to Australia's Sovereignty"
11 May 2017 ACT: Commissioner Andrew Colvin, APM, OAM: Australian Federal Police Operations in the Near Region
05 May 2017 WA: Invitation to Notre Dame Book Launch - "1915: Australians at War and on the Home Front" Edited by Daniel Baldino and Mike Brennan
03 May 2017 ACT: Seminar on German Maritime Security and Operational Thinking: Prof Dr Michael Epkenhans & COL Dr Gerhard Gross
01 May 2017 SA: Senator Nick Xenophon - Luncheon Speaker 1 May 2017 “Addressing the Adequacy of Australia’s Defence & Security Systems” -
01 May 2017 SA: LATE NEWS - INVITATION to LUNCHEON with Senator Nick Xenophon Senator for South Australia and Martin Hamilton-Smith MP JP - South Australian Minister for Defence Industries
06 Apr 2017 ACT: Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, Chief of Navy: The Royal Australian Navy: The Next Three Years
03 Apr 2017 SA: Jodie van Deventer- CEO Committee of Adelaide - "Future for Adelaide"
23 Mar 2017 ACT: 2016 Leo Mahony Bursary Winners: Mr Cameron Hawker and Major Leon Young
09 Mar 2017 ACT: Mr Graham Fletcher, First Assistant Secretary North Asia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: A Focus on the Region - Australia and China: conflict of interests?
23 Feb 2017 ACT: Prof Clive Williams, MG: Lessons Learned from the Battle for Mosul
09 Feb 2017 ACT: Dr John Blaxland: Australia & Regional Security: The Challenge of being an Indo-Pacific Middle Power in the Age of Trump
06 Feb 2017 SA: Luncheon Presentation "Saudi Arabia - Defence Attache Report"
13 Dec 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture Tuesday 13 December 2016
08 Dec 2016 WA: Energy Security in the Indo-Pacific Century - Mr Andrew Pickford
30 Nov 2016 ACT: Dr Stephan de Spiegeleire: Capability-based planning: How does force design take place and how is that translated into capabilities?
29 Nov 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture Tuesday 29 November 2016
24 Nov 2016 ACT: 2016 Christmas Drinks
10 Nov 2016 WA: November 2016 Lecture
09 Nov 2016 ACT: 2016 Blamey Oration: The Dragon and the Snakes: Emerging and Future Security Threats in the Post-Cold War Order: Dr David Kilcullen
26 Oct 2016 SA: Current Issues Briefing - The Australian Air Campaign in the Middle East 2000-2016
25 Oct 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture 25 October 2016
19 Oct 2016 WA: An Evening with Mr Bob Jensen Senior Managing Director Strat3 LLC
13 Oct 2016 ACT: Contestability in Defence - Opportunities and Challenges
26 Sep 2016 NSW: Military History Seminar
22 Sep 2016 ACT: 2016 Annual Members' Dinner
08 Sep 2016 ACT: Annual General Meeting
08 Sep 2016 ACT: General Jim Mattis USMC (Retd)
07 Sep 2016 ACT: Naval History Workshop
05 Sep 2016 SA: RUSI SA Luncheon
31 Aug 2016 ACT: History Seminar Series: Western Front: Fromelles/Pozières and Beyond
30 Aug 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture The ADF Reserve Contribution to Australia’s defence
25 Aug 2016 WA: August 2016 Lecture Dr Leigh Straw - The Mental and Physical Scars of War
17 Aug 2016 ACT: Dusted Off with Brett Hunt
04 Aug 2016 ACT: Chief of Army - The Ryan Review
29 Jul 2016 ACT: An Evening Inspired by Bean
21 Jul 2016 ACT: Analysing the 2016 Defence White Paper
04 Jul 2016 SA: July Luncheon
09 Jun 2016 ACT: Order of Australia Association (ACT) 2016 ADF Oration
06 Jun 2016 Global Solution for Humanitarian Emergency Shelter and Storage
02 Jun 2016 ACT Lecture: Mr Bill Farmer AO
23 May 2016 RUSI of SA - Current Issues Briefing
11 May 2016 ACT Lecture: Mr Peter Baxter
30 Apr 2016 QLD Seminar Program
20 Apr 2016 QLD Lecture Program
22 Mar 2016 NSW - Speak, Time (Location)

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