Department of Defence (Australia)


Department of Defence (Australia)
Department of Defence
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Agency overview
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Canberra
Employees 65,647
Annual budget A$26.35 billion (08/09)
A$42 billion (11/12)
Ministers responsible Stephen Smith, Minister for Defence
Warren Snowdon, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
Jason Clare, Minister for Defence Materiel
Agency executive MAJGEN Duncan Lewis, AO, DSC, CSC (Ret'd), Secretary of Defence (SECDEF)
Parent agency Australian Defence Organisation
Child agency Capability Development Group
Chief Finance Officer Group
Chief Information Officer Group
Defence Materiel Organisation
Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Defence Signals Directorate
Defence Support Group
Intelligence, Security and International Policy
Joint Operations Command
People Strategies and Policy
Strategy, Coordination and Governance
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
Website
www.defence.gov.au

The Australian Department of Defence is a Federal Government Department. It forms part of the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) along with the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Defence mission is to defend Australia and its national interests. It is accountable to the Commonwealth Parliament, on behalf of the Australian people, for the efficiency and effectiveness with which it carries out the Government's defence policy.

Contents

Organisational groups

The Department of Defence consists of 11 major organisational groups:

The Australian Defence Force consists of:

The Defence Materiel Organisation is a prescribed agency responsible for acquisition, sustainment and disposal of Defence equipment. Although the DMO forms part of the Department of Defence, it is also separately accountable to the Minister for its budget and performance.

Diarchy

The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) and the Secretary for the Department of Defence jointly manage the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) under a "diarchy", a term used to describe the relationship between the Chief of the Defence Force and Secretary, who both report directly to the Minister for Defence. The ADO diarchy is a governance structure unique in the Australian Commonwealth public service.

Secretary of Defence

Name Dates Notes
Sir Robert Henry Muirhead Collins 1901 - 1906
Brig Gen Sir Samuel Pethebridge
Thomas Trumble CMG 1918 - 1927
Frederick Shedden 1937 - 1956
Arthur Tange c.1970
Tony Ayers AC
Alan Woods AC
Paul Barratt AO
Allan Hawke 1999 - 2002
Richard C Smith AO PSM 2002 - 2006
Nick Warner, PSM 2006 - 2009
Dr Ian Watt, AO 2009 - 2011
MAJGEN Duncan Lewis, AO, DSC, CSC (Ret'd) 2011 - Incumbent

See also

References

  1. ^ [1] Australian Government Directory

External links


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