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.
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.
|Minister for Defence Personnel|
since 5 March 2018
|Department of Defence|
|Appointer||Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia|
|Inaugural holder||Ros Kelly (as Minister for Defence Science and Personnel)|
|Formation||18 September 1987|
The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Defence Personnel, or any of its precedent titles:
|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|
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.
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