RUSIV announces inaugural ethics essay prize

The Royal United Services Institute of Victoria (RUSIV) has announced an annual endowed essay competition for individual Australian citizens on the subject of Defence ethics.

The prize of $2,000 will be offered.

Original essays of no more than 10,000 words (exclusive of footnotes) are to be submitted in a single PDF file (accompanied by a Microsoft Word file) to the Secretary of RUSIV (secretary [at] by 1600 hours AEDT on 30 November 2021. There is no entry fee.

The style of the essay is to follow that of the Australian Defence Force Journal and must be the original work of their individual authors. Copyright in the essays will remain with their authors, although it is expected that the winning entry will be available for publication. A copy of each essay submitted will be held by the Library of RUSIV, whose resources are available to assist entrants with their essays.

The topic for 2021 is: ‘How can the challenges to the Australian Defence Force’s ethical framework be met?’ The purpose of this essay prize is to provide strong support to the development of the Australian Defence Force’s ethics framework.

Judging will be based on criteria including readability, breadth, importance, accessibility and relevance. The decision reached by the independent judging panel will be final. All authors will be notified of the judge’s decision within two months of the submission deadline. RUSIV reserves the right not to consider entries that do not comply with requirements and the right not to make an award if no suitable candidate applies.

More information is on the RUSIV Prize Essay webpage.