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 head of the department is the Secretary of the Department of Defence (SECDEF), currently Dennis Richardson AO, who leads the department on a daily basis and, along with the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF), is jointly responsible to the Minister for Defence, currently the Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, the Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, currently Senator the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, and the Assistant Minister to the Minister for Defence, currently the Hon. Michael McCormack MP.
The Department of Defence consists of ten major organisational groups:
- Strategy Executive – policy advice, driving organisational reform and providing strategic leadership
- Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) – Defence business at the strategic level, specifically on supporting the Government and CDF
- Capability Development Group (CDG) – to develop and gain Government approval for future Defence capabilities
- Chief Information Officer Group – leads the integrated design, cost effective delivery, and sustained operation of Defence information
- Chief Finance Officer – 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
- 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 – a fully integrated civilian-military workforce that promotes the Defence values
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) consists of the uniformed groups. i.e. Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australian Army (Army), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Joint Operations Command (JOC) and VCDF.
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 wherein 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, Department of Defence (SECDEF)
|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||3 years, 284 days|||
- Australian Defence Organisation
- Current senior Australian Defence Organisation personnel
- Minister for Defence
- Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
- Minister for Veterans' Affairs
- List of Australian Commonwealth Government entities
- Department of the Army (Australia)
- Department of the Navy (Australia)
- Department of Air (Australia)
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