Department of Defence (Australia)


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

Contents

  • 1 Organisational groups
  • 2 Diarchy
  • 3 Secretary of Defence
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Organisational groupsedit

The Department of Defence consists of ten major organisational groups:4

  • Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group VCDF – provides 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 force doctrine5
  • 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 201567
  • 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 interests8
  • Defence Strategic Policy and Intelligence 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 Organisation9

The Australian Defence Force ADF consists of the three uniformed armed forces: Royal Australian Navy RAN, Australian Army Army, Royal Australian Air Force RAAF There are also joint forces commands including the Joint Operations Command JOC, Joint Logistics Command, and Joint Health Command

Diarchyedit

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 of Defenceedit

The Secretary of the Department of Defence SECDEF is a senior public service officer and historically the appointees have not come from military service

Name Date appointment
commenced
Date appointment
ceased
Term in office Notes Refs
Collins, Captain Sir MuirheadCaptain Sir Muirhead Collins KCMG, RN 000000001901-01-01-00001901 000000001910-01-01-00001910 7008284018400000000♠9 years, 0 days Pethebridge was acting Secretary 1906–1910
Pethebridge, Brigadier General Sir SamuelBrigadier General Sir Samuel Pethebridge KCMG 000000001910-01-01-00001910 000000001918-01-01-00001918 7008252460800000000♠8 years, 0 days Trumble was acting Secretary 1914–1918
Trumble, ThomasThomas Trumble CMG 000000001918-01-01-00001918 000000001927-01-01-00001927 7008284018400000000♠9 years, 0 days
Shepherd, MalcolmMalcolm Shepherd CMG 000000001927-01-01-00001927 000000001937-01-01-00001937 7008315576000000000♠10 years, 0 days
Shedden, Sir FrederickSir Frederick Shedden KCMG, OBE 000000001937-01-01-00001937 000000001956-01-01-00001956 7008625600800000000♠19 years, 301 days
Hicks, Sir EdwinSir Edwin Hicks CBE 000000001956-10-28-000028 October 1956 000000001968-01-05-00005 January 1968 7008353095200000000♠11 years, 69 days 10
Bland, Sir HenrySir Henry Bland 000000001968-05-01-00001 May 1968 000000001970-01-01-00001970 7007627480000000000♠1 year, 361 days 11
Tange, Sir ArthurSir Arthur Tange AC, CBE 000000001970-03-01-0000March 1970 000000001979-08-01-0000August 1979 7008291967200000000♠9 years, 92 days 12
Pritchett, BillBill Pritchett 000000001979-08-01-0000August 1979 000000001984-02-06-00006 February 1984 7008142560000000000♠4 years, 189 days 1314
Cole, Sir WilliamSir William Cole 000000001984-02-06-00006 February 1984 000000001986-10-15-000015 October 1986 7007848016000000000♠2 years, 251 days 14
Woods, AlanAlan Woods AC 000000001986-12-01-0000December 1986 000000001988-07-31-000031 July 1988 7007525528000000000♠1 year, 243 days 14
Ayers, TonyTony Ayers AC 000000001988-08-01-00001 August 1988 000000001998-02-01-0000February 1998 7008299916000000000♠9 years, 184 days 1415
Barratt, PaulPaul Barratt AO 000000001998-02-01-0000February 1998 000000001999-08-31-000031 August 1999 7007497880000000000♠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
1617
Hawke, Dr AllanDr Allan Hawke AC 000000001999-10-21-000021 October 1999 000000002002-10-20-000020 October 2002 7007945648000000000♠2 years, 364 days 141819
Smith, RicRic Smith AO, PSM 000000002002-11-11-000011 November 2002 000000002006-12-03-00003 December 2006 7008128131200000000♠4 years, 22 days 141920
Warner, NickNick Warner AO, PSM 000000002006-12-04-00004 December 2006 000000002009-08-13-000013 August 2009 7007848880000000000♠2 years, 252 days 14202122
Watt, Dr IanDr Ian Watt AO 000000002009-08-13-000013 August 2009 000000002011-09-05-00005 September 2011 7007651024000000000♠2 years, 23 days 142123
Lewis, Major General DuncanMajor General Duncan Lewis AO, DSC, CSC 000000002011-09-05-00005 September 2011 000000002012-10-18-000018 October 2012 7007352728000000000♠1 year, 43 days 142324
Richardson, DennisDennis Richardson AO 000000002012-10-18-000018 October 2012 7008135216000000000♠4 years, 104 days 24

See alsoedit

  • Australia portal
  • Politics portal
  • 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

Referencesedit

  1. ^ CA 46: Department of Defence III, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 8 February 2014 
  2. ^ Thomson, Mark "The no-surprises Defence budget" ASPI Strategist Australian Strategic Policy Institute Retrieved 6 May 2016 
  3. ^ "Defence Leaders: Senior Managers" Department of Defence Commonwealth of Australia Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  4. ^ "Groups: About us" Department of Defence Australian Government Retrieved 6 January 2016 
  5. ^ 1 Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group overview
  6. ^ Peever, David April 2015 "First Principles Review: Creating One Defence" PDF Retrieved June 2015  Check date values in: |access-date= help
  7. ^ "Fact Sheet: Smaller Government: Defence Materiel Organisation: Reintegration into the Department of Defence" MS Word Department of Defence, Australian Government May 2015 
  8. ^ "Stop Press! Name Change" Press release 31 July 2015 Archived from the original on 19 September 2015 Retrieved 9 December 2015 As part of the First Principles Review implementation, from 1 July 2015 the Defence Science and Technology Organisation DSTO has been renamed as the Defence Science and Technology Group 
  9. ^ Intelligence and Security Group, Australian Government Directory
  10. ^ Farquharson, John 2007 "Hicks, Sir Edwin William Ted 1910–1984" Australian Dictionary of Biography National Centre of Biography, Australian National University Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  11. ^ Farquharson, John "Bland, Sir Henry Harry 1909–1997" Obituaries Australia National Centre of Biography, Australian National University Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  12. ^ James, Lieutenant Colonel Neil May 2000 "Reform of the Defence Management Paradigm : A Fresh View" PDF Working Paper Series Strategic and Defence Studies Centre: 40 ISBN 0-7317-0441-X Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  13. ^ NLA Catalogue
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jennings, Peter; Channer, Hayley October 2012 "Look Behind You, Mr Richardson" The Strategist Australian Strategic Policy Institute Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  15. ^ Hawke, Bob 2 June 1988 "For the media" Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Press release Commonwealth of Australia Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  16. ^ Colvin, Mark; Reynolds, Fiona 31 August 1999 "Barratt sacked" transcript PM Australia Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  17. ^ Colvin, Mark; Reynolds, Fiona 10 March 2000 "Barrett loses appeal against dismissal" transcript PM Australia Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  18. ^ Howard, John 21 October 1999 "New Secretary to the Department of Defence" Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Press release Commonwealth of Australia Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  19. ^ a b Farnsworth, Malcolm 25 September 2002 "Defence Department Head Removed By Government" australianpoliticscom Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  20. ^ a b Howard, John 2 November 2006 "Secretary – Department of Defence" Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Press release Commonwealth of Australia Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  21. ^ a b Rudd, Kevin 13 August 2009 "Departmental secretaries and statutory office-holders, Canberra" Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Press release Commonwealth of Australia Archived from the original on 10 November 2013 Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  22. ^ Keane, Bernard 30 March 2009 "Defence is simply too big for Nick Warner" Crikey Retrieved 10 November 2013 
  23. ^ a b Gillard, Julia 4 August 2011 "Departmental Secretaries" Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Press release Commonwealth of Australia Retrieved 29 October 2013 
  24. ^ a b Gillard, Julia 17 September 2012 "Diplomatic Appointment and Appointment of Secretaries of the Department of Defence and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade" Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Press release Commonwealth of Australia Retrieved 27 October 2013 

External linksedit

  • Department of Defence website
  • "Defence Organisational Structure Chart" PDF Department of Defence Commonwealth of Australia 21 September 2015 
  • "Defence Senior Leaders" Department of Defence 2016 
  • "Dennis Richardson AO" Biography of the Secretary of the Department of Defence Department of Defence 2016 


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