Department of Defence Ministers

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP Minister for Defence

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP Minister for Defence

The Hon Stuart Robert MP

The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Assistant Minister for Defence

The Hon Darren Chester MP      Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence

Portfolio Responsibilities

  • Oversight of all aspects of the Defence portfolio, and lead on all Cabinet and NSC submissions, with specific responsibility for:
  • Personnel policy and implementation, specifically:
    • Personnel policy, including workforce planning
    • Recruitment and retention
    • Pay and superannuation
    • Reserves
    • Equity and diversity
    • Personnel support
    • Defence families and community organisations
    • Housing policy
    • Defence Housing Australia contractual matters
    • Health (including Work Health and Safety)
  • Science and technology policy, specifically:
    • Strategic direction
    • External engagement
    • Support to operations
  • Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 entities other than those that are the responsibility of the Minister for Defence
  • Assist the Minister for Defence on:
  • Defence estate policy and major projects
  • Garrison Support
  • Skills policy
  • Equipment disposal
  • Military justice
  • Medals and awards
  • Parliamentary exchange program
  • Navy, Army and Air Force Cadets

Capability Responsibilities

  • The Defence Capability Plan
  • Defence materiel acquisition – major and minor – and sustainment
  • Industry capacity, structure, policy and engagement
  • Assisting with Defence materiel acquisition at the direction of the Minister for Defence
  • Assist the Minister for Defence on industry engagement