- Current senior Australian Defence Organisation personnel
This page provides access to information about current senior Australian Defence Organisation personnel.
The Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) consists of both the uniformed military, known as the Australian Defence Force (ADF), and the civilian Department of Defence, which includes a number of civilian support organisations. Within the "civilian" organisations, there are designated uniformed positions; within the uniformed organisations, civilians are not unusual, particularly in strategic, policy, personnel, finance, acquisition and intelligence focussed areas.
Nominally, the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) heads the ADF, and the Secretary (of the Department of Defence) heads the civilian organisations, but in fact, they jointly manage the Australian Defence Organisation under a "diarchy", and both report directly to the Minister for Defence. The ADO diarchy is a governance structure unique in the Australian Commonwealth Public Service.
Like most modern militaries, Australia has the possibility of five-star officers, but these are not active ranks, and are usually reserved for special circumstances. The highest active rank in the Australian Defence Force is reserved for the CDF. This is a four-star rank and the CDF is the only Australian officer at that level. As a result of the diarchy, the Secretary of the Department of Defence is of an equivalent level.
As stated above, this page provides access to information about current senior ADO Leaders. This includes the parliamentarians, and those (both civilian and military) at the equivalent four-, three-, and, where useful, two- and one-star levels. About half of the raw data appears on the Australian Government "Defence leaders: high profile senior personnel" page <http://www.defence.gov.au/leaders.cfm>. Rather than being merely a copy of that page, this page adds value by allowing the reader to organise (sort) the data by a number of criteria, and provides cross-references to people, positions, ranks, organisations, photographs and biographies.
Under the "newly elected" (November 2007) Labour Government, there are now four politicians associated with "Defence":
- The Minister for Defence;
- The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel;
- The Minister for Defence Materiel; and
- The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support.
In Australian circumstances, the five-star level is not an active rank; however, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, currently holds the rank of Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal, and Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force.
At present there are two positions at the four-star level: the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) and the Secretary of the Department of Defence (SECDEF). The SECDEF is a civilian position which is of equal status to the military's four-star ranks.
Abbreviations: DEPSEC - Deputy Secretary
People at the three-star (or equivalent) level are:
Chiefs of the branches of the armed services:
The Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS)
- CEO of the DMO
- General Manager Systems
- General Manager Programs
- General Manager Corporate
Heads or Chiefs of the various support organisations:
- Capability: Chief Capability Development Group (CCDG)
- Finance: Chief Finance Officer (CFO)
- Information: Chief Information Officer (CIO)
- Intelligence: DEPSEC Intelligence and Security
- Personnel: DEPSEC People Strategies and Policy
- Reform and Governance: DEPSEC Strategic Reform and Governance
- Science & Technology: Chief Defence Scientist (CDS), (Head of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO))
- Strategy: DEPSEC Strategy
- Support: DEPSEC Defence Support
Abbreviations: FAS - First Assistant Secretary
- FAS, Capability Investment and Resources
- Head, Capability Systems (HCS)
Intelligence and Security
- Director, Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO)
- Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (DIGO)
- Defence Signals Directorate (DSD)
- Defence Security Authority (DSA)
- Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Branch (ISR)
- Business Management - Intelligence Branch (BM-I)
- Commander, Border Protection
- Commander, Joint Logistics (CJLOG)
People Strategies and Policy
- Head, Defence Personnel Executive (HDPE)
- FAS, Personnel
Reform and Governance
- Deputy Head, Strategic Reform and Governance
Strategy and Coordination
- Head, Strategic Policy
- FAS, International Policy
- FAS, Ministerial Support and Public Affairs
- Head, Defence Health
- Head, Personnel Services
- Head, National Operations
- Head, Defence Legal
- Head, Infrastructure
- Chief Operating Officer (COO)
- Deputy Chief of Navy (Australia) (DCN)
- Commander Australian Fleet (COMAUSTFLT)
- Head Navy Personnel and Reputation (HNPAR)
- Deputy Chief of Army (DCA)
- Commander Forces Command (CFC)
- Commander of Australian Forces in Middle East Area of Operations
- Adviser to the Vice Chief of the Defence Force on Joint Warfighting Lessons and Concepts.
- Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
- Commander, 1st Division
- Commander, 2nd Division
- Deputy Chief of Air Force (DCAF)
- Air Commander Australia (ACAUST)
- Assistant Chief of the Defence Force (Reserves) and Head Reserve and Employer Support Division
- Head, Aerospace Systems Division
- Head, Electronic and Weapon Systems Division
- Head, Maritime Systems Division
- Head, Helicopter Systems Division
- Head, Land Systems Division
- Head, Explosive Ordnance Division
- Program Manager - AEWC
- Program Manager - NACC
- Head, Industry Division
- General Counsel
- Chief Finance Officer - DMO
- Head, Human Resources and Corporate Services
Srategy, Coordination and Governance
- Director-General Public Affairs
Sortable table of current Senior ADO Leaders
Note that nearly all of the people in this table are on fixed term contracts. Extensions of appointments are very rare.
- CDF - Chief of the Defence Force
- CDG - Capability Development Group
- CFO - Chief Finance Officer Group
- CIOG - Chief Information Officer Group
- DMO - Defence Materiel Organisation
- DoD - Australian Department of Defence
- DSTO - Defence Science and Technology Organisation
- I&S - Intelligence and Security
- JOC - Joint Operations Command
- PS&P - People Strategies and Policy
- S - Strategy
- SRG - Strategic Reform and Governance
- Support - Defence Support
- VCDF - Vice Chief of the Defence Force
Name Sort by
Position/Title Level Org Start End bio photo Stephen Smith MP Smith Minister for Defence 6 Parliament 2010 2014 bio photo Warren Snowdon MP Snowdon Minister for Defence Science and Personnel 6 Parliament 2008 2014 bio photo Jason Clare MP Clare Minister for Defence Materiel 6 Parliament 2008 2011 bio photo Senator David Feeney MP Feeney The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support 6 Parliament 2010 2014 bio photo HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Duke of Edinburgh Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal and Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force 5 Constitution 1960s Duncan Lewis Lewis Secretary of Defence (SECDEF) 4 DoD 2009 bio photo GEN David Hurley Hurley Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) 4 CDF 2011 2014 AIRMSHL Mark Binskin Binskin Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) 3 VCDF 2011 2014 RADM James Goldrick Goldrick Commander, Joint Education, Training and Warfare Command; Commander, Australian Defence College 2 VCDF 2008 bio photo AVM Margaret Staib Staib Commander, Joint Logistics (CJLOG) 2 VCDF bio photo MAJGEN Greg Melick Melick Assistant Chief of the Defence Force (Reserves) and
Head Reserve and Employer Support Division
2 VCDF 2007 bio photo Dr Stephen Gumley Gumley CEO of DMO 3 DMO 2004  bio photo Simon Lewis Lewis DEPSEC Defence Support 3 Support 2006 bio photo Brendan Sargeant Sargeant DEPSEC Strategic Reform and Governance 3 SRG 2010 AVM Ian Smith Smith Deputy Head Strategic Reform and Governance 2 SRG 2010 Peter Jennings Jennings DEPSEC Strategy 3 S 2010 bio photo Rebecca Skinner Skinner Head, Strategic Policy 2 S 2009 Niel Orme Orme FAS, Ministerial Support and Public Affairs 2 S BRIG Alison Creagh Creagh Director-General Public Affairs (DGPA) 1 S 2010 bio photo LTGEN Ash Power Power Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS) 3 JOC 2011 2014 Vacant Vacant Deputy Chief of Joint Operations (DCJOPS) 2 JOC 2010 2011 MAJGEN John Cantwell Cantwell Commander of Australian Forces in
the Middle East Area of Operations
2 JOC 2010 AIRMSHL John Harvey Harvey Chief, Capability Development Group (CCDG) 3 CDG 2007 bio photo AVM Jack Plenty Plenty Head, Capability Systems (HCS) 2 CDG 2008 Dr Paul Taloni Taloni FAS, Capability Investment and Resources 2 CDG 2008 Steve Merchant Merchant DEPSEC Intelligence and Security (I&S) 3 I&S MAJGEN Richard Wilson Wilson Director, Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) 2 I&S 2009 photo Greg Farr Farr Chief Information Officer (CIO) 3 CIOG 2007 bio photo MAJGEN Richard Treacy Treacy Judge Advocate General (JAG) ADF 2 2007 photo Phillip Prior Prior Chief Finance Officer (CFO) 3 CFO bio photo Professor Robert Clark Clark Chief Defence Scientist (CDS) 3 DSTO 2008 Phil Minns Minns DEPSEC People Strategies and Policy 3 PS&P 2008 bio photo Steve Grzeskowiak Grzeskowiak FAS, Personnel (FASPERS) 2 PS&P VADM Ray Griggs Griggs Chief of Navy (CN) 3 Navy 2011 2014 RADM Trevor Jones Jones Deputy Chief of Navy (DCN) 2 Navy 2008 RADM Steve Gilmore Gilmore Commander Australian Fleet (COMAUSFLT) 2 Navy 2009 2012 bio photo LTGEN David Morrison Morrison Chief of Army (CA) 3 Army 2011 2014 MAJGEN Paul Symon Symon Deputy Chief of Army (DCA) 2 Army 2009 2012 bio photo LTGEN David Morrison Morrison Commander Forces Command 2 Army 2009 2012 bio photo MAJGEN Rick Burr Burr Commander, 1st Division 2 Army 2011 MAJGEN Craig Williams Williams Commander, 2nd Division 2 Army 2009 MAJGEN Tim McOwan McOwan Special Operations Commander, Australia 2 Army 2008 bio photo AIRMSHL Geoff Brown Brown Chief of Air Force (CAF) 3 RAAF 2011 2014 bio photo AIRCDRE Neil Hart Hart Deputy Chief of Air Force (DCAF) 1/2 RAAF 2011 AVM Mark Skidmore Skidmore Air Commander Australia (ACAUST) 2 RAAF 2008 bio photo AVM Tony Austin Austin Head, Defence Health 2 Support bio Neville Tomkins Tomkins Head, Personnel Services 2 Support MAJGEN Elizabeth Cosson Cosson Head, National Operations 2 Support 2007 bio photo Mark Cunliffe Cunliffe Head, Defence Legal 2 Support John Owens Owens Head, Infrastructure 2 Support Kieran Gleeson Gleeson Chief Operating Officer (COO) 2 Support Kim Gillis Gillis General Manager, Systems 3 DMO AVM Clive Rossiter Rossiter Head, Aerospace Systems 2 DMO bio Shireane McKinnie McKinnie Head, Electronic and Weapon Systems 2 DMO RADM Peter Marshall Robinson Head, Maritime Systems 2 DMO 2010 bio MAJGEN Tony Fraser Fraser Head, Helicopter Systems 2 DMO 2006 bio photo Colin Sharp Sharp Head, Land Systems 2 DMO Anthony Klenthis Klenthis Head, Explosive Ordnance Division 2 DMO bio Warren King King General Manager, Programs 3 DMO AVM Chris Deeble Deeble Program Manager - AEWC 2 DMO bio AVM John Harvey Harvey Program Manager - NACC 2 DMO bio Mark Reynolds Reynolds Head, Industry Division 2 DMO 2009 bio Vacant General Manager, Corporate 3 DMO Gillian Marks Marks General Counsel 2 DMO Steven Wearn Wearn CFO - DMO 2 DMO BRIG Peter Lambert (ret'd) Lambert Head, Human Resources and Corporate Services 2 DMO
References and notes
- ^ Information about previous senior leaders can usually be found on the pages about the positions the current leaders occupy, or on pages pointed to by those pages.
- ^ For example, Australia has had only three Field Marshals, two of which were honorary. None of them were appointed to Field Marshal to fulfill a military role, and the Duke of Edinburgh's appointment is purely ceremonial - he has never worn the uniform of an Australian Field Marshal.
- ^ a b c d e f g These positions are Statutory Appointments.
- ^ Note that "Deputy Secretaries" are generally civilians - career senior public servants at "SES Band 3" level. "Chiefs" are generally three-star military personnel.
- ^ a b c d e f DMO Leadership Team
- ^ The CEO DMO is directly accountable to the Minister for DMO's performance, but is also accountable to the Secretary and CDF.
- ^ Note that "First Assistant Secretaries" are generally civilians - career senior public servants at "SES Band 2" level. "Heads" and "Commanders" are generally two-star military personnel. Note, however, that is not always the case.
- ^ Reports directly to the Minister of Defence.
- ^ Directly responsible to CDF
- ^ Reports directly to the Secretary and CDF
- ^ Notable recent exceptions to the extension of contract are Peter Leahy, Chief of Army (Australia) 2002-2008, and Angus Houston, Chief of the Defence Force (Australia) 2005-2011. The Politicians are, of course, under a different regime.
- ^ Gumley's fixed term contract was due to expire in February 2009. However, on 2 May 2008, in Ministerial Press Release 033/2008, The Minister for Defence, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, the Hon. Greg Combet MP, announced the ongoing employment of Dr Stephen Gumley as Chief Executive Officer, Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). As approved by the Secretary of Defence, Mr Nick Warner, under the Public Service Act, Dr Gumley's employment status has moved from a fixed term to ongoing Australian Public Service (APS) employee status.
Leadership of the Australian Defence Force
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