Department of Defence (Australia)
|Formed||14 April 1942|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Annual budget||A$32.4 billion (2016/2017)|
|Parent Department||Australian Defence Organisation (ADO)|
The Australian Department of Defence is a department of the Government of Australia charged with the responsibility to defend Australia and its national interests. The department forms part of the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) along with the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The department 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.
The Defence Committee is the primary decision-making committee in the Department of Defence, supported by 6 subordinate committees, groups and boards. The Defence Committee is focused on major capability development and resource management for the Australian Defence Organisation and shared accountability of the Secretary and the Chief of the Defence Force.
Membership of the Defence Committee is as follows:
- Secretary of the Department of Defence
- Chief of the Defence Force
- Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group
- Associate Secretary
- Chief of Navy
- Chief of Army
- Chief of Air Force
- Chief of Joint Operations
- Deputy Secretary for Capability Acquisition and Sustainment
- Deputy Secretary for Strategic Policy and Intelligence
- Chief Defence Scientist
- Joint Capabilities Group
- Chief Information Officer
- Chief Finance Officer
- Deputy Secretary for People
- Deputy Secretary for Estate and Infrastructure
The Department of Defence consists of ten major organisational groups:
- Associate Secretary Group provides administrative, legal and governance services including audit and fraud control, security and vetting, the Judge Advocate General, and communications and ministerial support.
- Chief Information Officer Group – leads the integrated design, cost effective delivery, and sustained operation of Defence information
- Chief Finance Officer Group – to drive the financial and management improvement programs for Defence
- Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) – Australia's largest project management organisation and its mission is to acquire and sustain equipment for the Australian Defence Force, created through the amalgamation of the Capability Development Group and Defence Materiel Organisation in 2015.
- Defence People Group – human resource outcomes across the Defence employment cycle from strategy and policy development, through to implementation and service delivery
- Defence Estate and Infrastructure Group – consolidated service delivery organisation for Defence that enables Defence capability by working in partnership to deliver integrated services through a highly capable workforce
- Defence Science and Technology Group – lead agency charged with applying science and technology to protect and defend Australia and its national interests
- Defence Intelligence and Security Group – provides policy advice and coordination for strategy and intelligence for Defence, including overseeing the Defence Intelligence Organisation, Australian Signals Directorate, and the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation
The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) and the Secretary of the Department of Defence (SECDEF) jointly manage the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) under a diarchy in which both report directly to the Minister for Defence and the Assistant Minister for Defence. The ADO diarchy is a governance structure unique in the Australian Public Service.
Secretary of Defence
The Secretary of the Department of Defence (SECDEF) is a senior public service officer and historically the appointees have not come from military service.
|Term in office||Notes||Ref(s)|
|Collins, Captain Sir MuirheadCaptain Sir Muirhead Collins KCMG, RN||1901||1910||9 years, 0 days||Pethebridge was acting Secretary 1906–1910|
|Pethebridge, Brigadier General Sir SamuelBrigadier General Sir Samuel Pethebridge KCMG||1910||1918||8 years, 0 days||Trumble was acting Secretary 1914–1918|
|Trumble, ThomasThomas Trumble CMG||1918||1927||9 years, 0 days|
|Shepherd, MalcolmMalcolm Shepherd CMG||1927||1937||10 years, 0 days|
|Shedden, Sir FrederickSir Frederick Shedden KCMG, OBE||1937||1956||19 years, 301 days|
|Hicks, Sir EdwinSir Edwin Hicks CBE||28 October 1956||5 January 1968||11 years, 69 days|||
|Bland, Sir HenrySir Henry Bland||1 May 1968||1970||1 year, 361 days|||
|Tange, Sir ArthurSir Arthur Tange AC, CBE||March 1970||August 1979||9 years, 92 days|||
|Pritchett, BillBill Pritchett||August 1979||6 February 1984||4 years, 189 days|||
|Cole, Sir WilliamSir William Cole||6 February 1984||15 October 1986||2 years, 251 days|||
|Woods, AlanAlan Woods AC||December 1986||31 July 1988||1 year, 243 days|||
|Ayers, TonyTony Ayers AC||1 August 1988||February 1998||9 years, 184 days|||
|Barratt, PaulPaul Barratt AO||February 1998||31 August 1999||1 year, 211 days||Appointment terminated by the Governor-General on the recommendation of Prime Minister Howard. Barratt fought the decision in the Federal Court, losing on appeal.|||
|Hawke, Dr AllanDr Allan Hawke AC||21 October 1999||20 October 2002||2 years, 364 days|||
|Smith, RicRic Smith AO, PSM||11 November 2002||3 December 2006||4 years, 22 days|||
|Warner, NickNick Warner AO, PSM||4 December 2006||13 August 2009||2 years, 252 days|||
|Watt, Dr IanDr Ian Watt AO||13 August 2009||5 September 2011||2 years, 23 days|||
|Lewis, Major General DuncanMajor General Duncan Lewis AO, DSC, CSC||5 September 2011||18 October 2012||1 year, 43 days|||
|Richardson, DennisDennis Richardson AO||18 October 2012||12 May 2017||4 years, 206 days|||
|Moriarty, GregGreg Moriarty||4 September 2017||5 days|||
- Australian Defence Organisation
- Current senior Australian Defence Organisation personnel
- Minister for Defence
- Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
- Minister for Veterans' Affairs
- Minister for Defence Industry
- List of Australian Commonwealth Government entities
- Department of the Army (Australia)
- Department of the Navy (Australia)
- Department of Air (Australia)
- United States Department of Defense
- United Kingdom Ministry of Defence
- Canadian Department of National Defence
- New Zealand Ministry of Defence
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