Minister for Defence Personnel

In the Government of Australia, the Minister for Defence Personnel is the Hon. Darren Chester MP, in office since 5 March 2018. Chester also serves as the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC following a rearrangement in the second Turnbull Ministry.[1]

The ministerial portfolio has existed under various names since 1987. The Minister appointed is responsible for oversight of defence personnel and administered the portfolio through the Department of Defence, the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Defence Force Academy, and a range of other agencies.

While ultimately responsible to the Commonwealth of Australia and the Parliament, in practical terms, the minister reports to the Minister for Defence.

Minister for Defence Personnel
Darren Chester Portrait 2009
Incumbent
Darren Chester

since 5 March 2018
Department of Defence
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holderRos Kelly (as Minister for Defence Science and Personnel)
Formation18 September 1987

List of Ministers for Defence Personnel

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Defence Personnel, or any of its precedent titles:[2]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Ros Kelly   Labor Hawke Minister for Defence Science and Personnel 18 September 1987 6 April 1989 1 year, 200 days
2 David Simmons 6 April 1989 4 April 1990 363 days
3 Gordon Bilney 4 April 1990 20 December 1991 2 years, 354 days
Keating 20 December 1991 24 March 1993
4 John Faulkner 24 March 1993 25 March 1994 1 year, 1 day
5 Gary Punch 25 March 1994 11 March 1996 1 year, 352 days
6 Bronwyn Bishop Liberal Howard Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel 11 March 1996 21 October 1998 2 years, 224 days
7 Warren Snowdon Labor Rudd Minister for Defence Science and Personnel 3 December 2007 9 June 2009 1 year, 188 days
8 Greg Combet Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science 9 June 2009 1 April 2010 296 days
9 Alan Griffin Minister for Defence Personnel 1 April 2010 24 June 2010 166 days
Gillard 24 June 2010 14 September 2010
(7) Warren Snowdon Minister for Defence Science and Personnel 14 September 2010 27 June 2013 3 years, 4 days
Rudd 27 June 2013 18 September 2013
10 Mal Brougha   Liberal National Turnbull Minister for Defence Materiel and Science 21 September 2015 29 December 2015 99 days
acting Marise Paynea   Liberal Acting Minister for Defence Materiel and Science 29 December 2015 18 February 2016 51 days
11 Dan Tehan   Liberal Turnbull Minister for Defence Personnel 19 July 2016 20 December 2017 1 year, 154 days
12 Michael McCormack   Nationals 20 December 2017 5 March 2018 75 days
13 Darren Chester   5 March 2018 Incumbent 532 days

See also

Notes

a ^ Minister Mal Brough temporarily stood aside on 29 December 2015. Subsequently, Senator Marise Payne served as Acting Minister for Defence Materiel and Science. Brough later resigned from the Ministry on 13 February 2016 and Payne remained acting in the role until the rearranged ministry was sworn on 18 February 2016.

References

  1. ^ Turnbull, Malcolm (1 March 2018). "Changes to the Ministry" (Press release). Government of Australia. Retrieved 6 March 2018. The Hon Darren Chester MP will return to the Ministry as Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel and Minister Assisting for the Centenary of ANZAC.
  2. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Archived from the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2013.

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