Chief of Joint Operations (Australia)

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Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS)
Vice Admiral David Johnston

since May 2014
Style Vice Admiral /
Lieutenant General /
Air Marshal
Term length Three years (renewable)
Inaugural holder Lieutenant General
David Hurley

The Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS) is a three-star role within the Australian Defence Force (ADF), responsible for commanding operations. Until 2007, the Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) was double hatted, additionally exercising the responsibilities of CJOPS. However, in September 2007 the Minister of Defence, Brendan Nelson announced the formation of a separate CJOPS position based at the Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) facility at Bungendore, New South Wales.[1]

Joint Operations Command consists of Headquarters Joint Operations Command and Border Protection Command. The Direct Command Units consist of Military Strategic Commitments Division (incorporating the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program); Reserve Policy Division; and the Command and Control Implementation Team. Chief of Joint Operations is a joint position, and in theory the incumbent can be appointed from any of the ADF components.

On 28 Match 2014, the Department of Defence announced Rear Admiral David Johnston will be promoted vice admiral and succeed Lieutenant General Ash Power as CJOPS on 20 May 2014.[2]


Rank Name Post-nominals Term began Term ended
Lieutenant General Hurley, DavidDavid Hurley AODSC September 2007 July 2008
Lieutenant General Evans, MarkMark Evans AODSC July 2008 May 2011
Lieutenant General Power, AshAsh Power AOCSC May 2011 May 2014
Vice Admiral Johnston, DavidDavid Johnston AMRAN May 2014 Incumbent
David Hurley
Mark Evans
Ash Power


David Johnston (admiral) Ash Power Mark Evans (general) David Hurley

Deputy Chief of Joint Operations (DCJOPS)[edit]

Rank Name Post-nominals Term began Term ended
Air Vice Marshal Evans, GregGreg Evans DSCAM 2008 2009
Major General Power, AshAsh Power AMCSC
Rear Admiral Griggs, RayRay Griggs AMCSC May 2010 June 2011
Rear Admiral Gilmore, SteveSteve Gilmore AMCSC Dec 2011