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Fri, 03 Nov


The Boat House

USI-ACT Annual Dinner

Please join us at The Boathouse for the 2023 USI-ACT Annual Dinner with guest Speaker Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC.

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USI-ACT Annual Dinner
USI-ACT Annual Dinner

Time & Location

03 Nov 2023, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Boat House, Grevillea Park, Menindee Dr, Barton ACT

About the event

The USI ACT annual dinner is the Institute's flagship event that features a preeminent speaker delivering a keynote on a topic of current National Security and Defence significance.  The Council is pleased to announce that this years keynote will be Mr Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC, a distinguished National Security professional who has served Australia in a number of key National Security and Defence positions during a long career.

DRESS:        Black Tie or the equivalent Service Dress with minitures.

TIMINGS:    7 pm canapés on arrival, seating at 7:30 for commencement

DIETARY:     Please advise when registering, or email

The title of his speach is:   'Australia, preparing for an uncertain world'.

A  brief biography of Duncan Lewis's career is provided below.

The USI - ACT greatly appreciates the support of our sponsors for the Annual Dinner - THALES Australia as our sponsor,

Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC is the Board Chair of Thales Australia, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience acquired over his 47-year career with the Australian Government, both in and out of uniform.

Duncan retired as Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation in 2019 following a career that included Commander of Australia’s Special Air Service Regiment, National Security Advisor to the Federal Government, Secretary of the Department of Defence and Ambassador to Belgium, the European Union, Luxembourg and NATO.

He joined the Australian Army after schooling in Western Australia, and graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1975. His 33-year career in the military culminated in his appointment as Major General, Special Operations Commander Australia.

In 2005, Duncan joined the National Security Division within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and was appointed as Australia’s inaugural National Security Adviser in 2008. In 2011, building on almost four decades of experience in defence and national security communities, Duncan was appointed Secretary of the Department of Defence.

Late in 2012, Duncan was appointed Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and NATO. On 15 September 2014, Duncan was appointed Director-General of Security and head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

Duncan was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005 for his service as the inaugural Special Operations Commander Australia.


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