About ANI

THE AUSTRALIAN NAVAL INSTITUTE (ANI) is the leading forum for naval and maritime affairs in Australia. The Institute achieves this through major membership events, particularly the annual Vernon Parker Oration and the Goldrick Seminar; through this website; and through its printed publication, the Australian Naval Review.

The ANI was formed and incorporated in the ACT in 1975 as a self-supporting and non-profit making organisation to provide a forum for current and former Naval Members and others interested in maritime affairs.

ANI Objectives

The main objectives of the Institute are:
– to encourage and promote the advancement of knowledge related to the Navy and the maritime profession; and
– to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas concerning subjects related to the Navy and the maritime profession.

ANI Governance

The ANI is governed by the ANI Council which comprises four Office Bearers and up to 15 Councillors. The Council is supported by a secretariat which is provided by Commerce Management Services. The membership of the current ANI Council can be found here

Strategic Partnership with RAN

The ANI has signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Royal Australian Navy which can be downloaded by clicking here.

The ANI is an Approved Defence Organisation (ADO) which means that membership can be used for professional development. ANI Members who are active RAN personnel can use Webform AE275 to have membership of the ANI added to their personal details (PMKeys).


The ANI works collaboratively with a number of kindred organizations both nationally and internationally to promote the understanding of naval and maritime affairs. This includes sharing articles and book reviews (with attribution) and co-hosting events. These organizations include:

  • Internationally. The US Naval Institute, the British Naval Review, the Naval Association of Canada and the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government at St Xavier University.
  • Nationally. The Naval Studies Group at the University of New South Wales (Canberra), the Sea Power Centre Australia, the Australian National Centre for Oceans Resources & Security and the WA DEFENCE REVIEW.

Join the ANI
Members of the ANI get discounts on ANI events; the biannual publication of the Australian Naval Review; and the knowledge that they are contributing to important public debates on naval and maritime affairs. Details here.

The Constitution, last revised on 12 November 2020, is here.

The President’s Annual Messages can be accessed here.

A short history of the ANI is here.

Past office-holders are here.

Honorary Life Members are here.

Submitting articles

To the Australian Naval Review: Details here.

To this website: Details here.

The 2022-2026 Strategic Plan is here.

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Submitting articles to this website

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The latest ediiton of Headmark

Headmark Publication:

Headmark was the official publication of the ANI until 2016. It has been replaced by the annual publication, the Australian Naval Review, and this website as a means of providing a forum for discourse on naval and maritime affairs. The views expressed in these forums, of course, are not the official views of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Defence Force or the Chief of the Navy. That said, Headmark has had a proud tradition of nearly 40 years of contributing informed research, writing and opinion on naval and maritime matters.

Back issues of Headmark are now available on this website in PDF and searchable-text format. See menu above.

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Book reviews, obituaries and other non-Australian Naval Review  articles will also be published here. Comments on articles can be submitted on the form below each article and will be monitored before publication.

Use the Menu to access HEADMARK ARTICLES, OTHER ARTICLES, REVIEWS, NEWS & EVENTS, and ABOUT the ANI and its Constitution.