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Department of Defence
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Agency overview
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Canberra
Employees 65,647
Annual budget AUD$16.35 billion (05/06)
AUD$22 billion (07/08)
Ministers responsible John Faulkner, Minister for Defence
Warren Snowdon, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
Agency executive Nick Warner, Secretary (SECDEF)
Parent agency Australian Defence Organisation
Child agency Capability Development Group
Chief Finance Officer Group
Chief Information Officer Group
Defence Materiel Organisation
Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Defence Support Group
Intelligence, Security and International Policy
Joint Operations Command
People Strategies and Policy
Strategy, Coordination and Governance
Vice Chief of the Defence Force

The Australian Department of Defence is a Federal Government Department. It forms part of the Australian Defence Organisation along with the Australian Defence Force. The Defence mission is to defend Australia and its national interests. It 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.


Organisational groups

The Department of Defence consists of 11 major organisational groups:

The Australian Defence Force consists of:

The Defence Materiel Organisation is a prescribed agency responsible for acquisition, sustainment and disposal of Defence equipment. Although the DMO forms part of the Department of Defence, it is also separately accountable to the Minister for its budget and performance.

The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) and the Secretary for the Department of Defence jointly manage the Defence organisation under a "diarchy", a term used to describe the relationship between the Chief of the Defence Force and Secretary, who both report directly to the Minister for Defence. The ADO diarchy is a governance structure unique in the Australian Commonwealth public service.

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