Chief of Joint Operations (Australia)
|Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS)
|Style||Vice Admiral /
Lieutenant General /
|Term length||Three years (renewable)|
|Inaugural holder||Lieutenant General
The Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS) is a three-star role within the Australian Defence Force (ADF), responsible the Joint Operations Command and joint operational deployments, such as United Nations peacekeeping and joint task groups. 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) at Bungendore, New South Wales.
Joint Operations Command
The Joint Operations Command consists of Headquarters Joint Operations Command, Northern Command, and Australian Defence Force elements of the Border Protection Command. Chief of Joint Operations is a joint position, and in theory the incumbent can be appointed from any of the ADF components.
Chiefs of Joint Operations
|Rank||Name||Postnominals||Image||Term began||Term ended||Time in
|Lieutenant General||Hurley, DavidDavid Hurley||AO, DSC||September 2007||July 2008||304 days|
|Lieutenant General||Evans, MarkMark Evans||AO, DSC||July 2008||May 2011||2 years, 304 days|
|Lieutenant General||Power, AshAsh Power||AO, CSC||May 2011||May 2014||3 years, 0 days|
|Vice Admiral||Johnston, DavidDavid Johnston||AM||May 2014||Incumbent||2 years, 361 days|
Deputy Chief of Joint Operations
|Rank||Name||Postnominals||Term began||Term ended||Term in appointment||Notes|
|Air Vice Marshal||Evans, GregGreg Evans||DSC, AM||2008||2009||1 year|
|Major General||Power, AshAsh Power||AM, CSC||2009||2010|
|Rear Admiral||Griggs, RayRay Griggs||AM, CSC||May 2010||June 2011||1 years and 1 month|
|Rear Admiral||Gilmore, SteveSteve Gilmore||AM, CSC||December 2011||November 2013||1 year and 11 months|||
|Major General||Caughey, ShaneShane Caughey||AM, CSC||November 2013||November 2015||2 years|
|Major General||Smith, StuartStuart Smith||AO, DSC||November 2015||April 2017|
|Major General||Bilton, GregGreg Bilton||AM, CSC||April 2017||Incumbent|
- Minister of Defence Press Release MIN99/07 19 September 2007 Archived 30 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- "New Chief of Joint Operations announced". Defence News. Department of Defence. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- "Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore, AM, CSC, RAN" (PDF). Embassy of Australia, Washington DC. Australian Government. Retrieved 21 January 2016.