Vice Chief of the Defence Force (Australia)

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Vice Chief of the
Australian Defence Force
Ray Griggs

since 30 June 2014
Style Vice Admiral
Lieutenant General
Air Marshal
Member of Australian Defence Force
Reports to Chief of the Defence Force
Term length Four years (renewable)
Inaugural holder Air Marshal Ray Funnell
Formation 6 June 1986

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) is the military deputy to the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) of Australia, and acts as the CDF in his absence under standing acting arrangements. Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, the incumbent VCDF, has held the position since 30 June 2014.[1]


Created in 1986, the VCDF is a three-star officer in the Australian Defence Force (lieutenant general, vice admiral, or air marshal). The position's standing responsibilities include: Joint Doctrine, Education, Training and Evaluation; Joint Logistics; Reserve Policy; and Joint Capabilities, Commitments and Concepts. When acting as Chief of the Defence Force, the VCDF attends the National Security Committee of Cabinet (NSCC) and Secretary’s Committee on National Security (SCNS).[2]

Until September 2007, the VCDF was "double hatted" as the Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS). In this role he commanded Australian Defence Force operations on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Force. In September 2007, the Minister of Defence, Brendan Nelson announced the formation of a separate three-star CJOPS position based at the Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) facility at Bungendore, New South Wales.[3][4]


The appointment is made by the Governor General on the advice of his/her ministers under Section 9AA of the Defence Act (1903) and is for a fixed term of four years, nominally rotated between the three services, Navy, Army and Air Force; however in practice this has not been the case and the appointment has been held for longer or shorter periods of time. The role is politically neutral, as are all military positions, and is not affected by a change of government.

VCDF Group[edit]

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group is responsible for the provision of military strategic effects and commitments advice and planning, joint military professional education and training, logistics support, health support, ADF cadet and reserve policy, joint capability coordination, preparedness management, and joint and combined ADF doctrine.[5][6]

The Military Strategic Commitments Division (MSCD) provides and coordinates ADF tri-service and joint strategic advice across the Australian Government (including the Headquarters Joint Operations Command and the Defence Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group) and situational awareness for current and potential ADF commitments. The Head Military Strategic Commitments is also responsible for the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service, strategic communications, strategic crisis response, the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program, and engagement with the United Nations and other coalition partners.[5][6][7]

The Joint Logistics Command (JLC) is the ADF strategic logistics command responsible for the planning, coordination and delivery of military logistics, the evaluation of joint logistic capabilities and requirements, explosive ordnance, and supply chain management.[5][6][8]

The Joint Health Command (JHC) is led by the Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force and is responsible for the delivery of military medicine and joint healthcare services to ADF members, including military psychiatry and rehabilitation services. The JHC is also responsible for the development of the health preparedness of ADF personnel for operations and the coordination of health units for deployment in support of operations.[5][6][9]

The Australian Defence College (ADC) is responsible for the delivery of professional military education, command and staff education, and joint warfare training for the ADF. The ADC is the umbrella organisation for the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS), the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC), and the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).[5][6]

The Joint Capability Management and Integration Division (JCMID) is responsible for the design, development, integration and coordination of ADF joint warfare capabilities, including information systems, effects-based operations, and counter-IED efforts.[5][6][10]

The Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division (CRESD) is responsible for the capacity building of the Australian Defence Force reserve capabilities of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Australian Army Reserve and Royal Australian Air Force Reserve and the governance of the Australian Defence Force Cadets Scheme.[5][6]

The Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) is responsible for researching and advising the improvement of civil-military-police collaboration in civil-military co-operation and civil-military operations in the stabilization of fragile states, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and emergency management. ACMC also engages with Australian Government departments and agencies including the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the United Nations, and non-government organisations.[5][6][11]

The Head Force Design is responsible for the provision of guidance and planning for future joint force design, requirements, and capabilities of the ADF.[5][6]


The following list chronologically records those who have held the post of Vice Chief of the Defence Force. Rank and honours are as at the completion of the individual's term.

Rank Name Postnominals Service Term began Term ended Time in Appointment
Air Marshal Funnell, RayRay Funnell AO RAAF 6 June 1986[3][12] January 1987 208 days
Vice Admiral Knox, IanIan Knox AC, RAN RAN January 1987 16 September 1989 [13] 2 years, 259 days
Vice Admiral Beaumont, AlanAlan Beaumont AC, RAN RAN 16 September 1989[13] October 1992 3 years,  14 days
Lieutenant General Baker, JohnJohn Baker AC Army October 1992 April 1995[14] 2 years, 182 days
Vice Admiral Walls, RobertRobert Walls AO, RAN RAN April 1995[14] March 1997 1 year,  334 days
Vice Admiral Barrie, ChrisChris Barrie AC, RAN RAN March 1997 3 July 1998[14] 1 year,  122 days
Air Marshal Riding, DouglasDouglas Riding AO, DFC RAAF 3 July 1998 [14] 5 June 2000 1 year,  341 days
Lieutenant General Mueller, DesmondDesmond Mueller AO Army 5 June 2000 15 July 2002 2 years,  40 days
Vice Admiral Shalders, RussRuss Shalders AO, CSC, RAN RAN 15 July 2002 4 July 2005 2 years, 350 days
Lieutenant General Gillespie, KenKen Gillespie AO, DSC, CSM Army 4 July 2005 3 July 2008 2 years, 365 days
Lieutenant General Hurley, DavidDavid Hurley AC, DSC Army 4 July 2008 3 July 2011 2 years, 364 days
Air Marshal Binskin, MarkMark Binskin AC RAAF 4 July 2011 30 June 2014 2 years, 361 days
Vice Admiral Griggs, RayRay Griggs AO, CSC, RAN RAN 30 June 2014 Incumbent 2 years, 282 days


Ray Griggs Mark Binskin David Hurley Ken Gillespie Russ Shalders Desmond Mueller Douglas Riding Chris Barrie (admiral) Robert Walls (admiral) John Baker (general) Alan Beaumont Ian Knox (admiral) Ray Funnell


  1. ^ "Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN". Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group. Department of Defence. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  2. ^ ADF Website (accessed 25 May 2010)
  3. ^ a b VADM Shalders (2 April 2003). "Transcript of Speech to RUSI 'The Evolving role of the Vice Chief of the Defence Force'". Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Minister of Defence Press Release MIN99/07 19 September 2007 Archived 30 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i [1] Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group Organisational Chart
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i [2] Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group overview of Commands and Divisions overview
  7. ^ [3] Australian Government Directory of the Military Strategic Commitments Division
  8. ^ [4] Australian Government Directory overview of the Joint Logistics Command
  9. ^ [5] Australian Government Directory overview of the Joint Health Command
  10. ^ [6] Australian Government Directory overview of the Joint Capability Management and Integration Division
  11. ^ [7] Australian Civil-Military Centre overview
  12. ^ RAAF Air Development Power Centre (6 June 1986). "Funnell first VCDF". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  13. ^ a b 'Seeing Stars' Navy News, p 11 (accessed 25 May 2010
  14. ^ a b c d (accessed 26 May 2010)