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Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

Senator the Hon Marise Payne

The Hon Dan Tehan MP

Minister for Defence Materiel

The Hon Dan Tehan MP Minister for Defence Materiel

The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Assistant Minister for Defence

The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Portfolio Responsibilities

Oversight of all aspects of the Defence portfolio, and lead on all Cabinet and National Security Committee submissions, with specific responsibility for:

  • Strategic policy, including the Defence White Paper
  • Operations
  • Intelligence and security
  • International policy
  • Force structure
  • Portfolio management, finances and reform
  • Science and technology policy
  • Defence export controls
  • Implementation of First Principles Review
  • Capability responsibilities
  • The Integrated Investment Programme
  • Naval Shipbuilding Plan
  • Major Defence Materiel projects including:
    • Future Frigates
    • Offshore Patrol Vessels
    • Future Submarine Programme
    • Collins Class submarines
    • Land 400
    • Next Generation desktop
    • JP2047 Terrestrial communications
Assist the Minister for Defence on:

  • Defence materiel acquisition and sustainment projects except for major projects listed with Minister for Defence
  • Equipment disposal
  • Monitor Projects of Concern
  • Defence skilling programmes to support industry
  • Industry capacity, structure, policy and engagement
  • Implementation of the Naval Shipbuilding Plan
  • ICT elements of the Integrated Investment Programme
  • Responsibility for implementation of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability
  • Engaging with Defence industry on the Defence Industry Policy Statement
Assist the Minister for Defence on:

  • Defence estate policy and major projects
  • Defence Housing Australia
  • Estate disposal
  • Garrison support
  • Personnel policy, specifically:
    • Workforce planning
    • Recruitment and retention
    • Reserves
    • Pay and superannuation
    • Equity and Diversity
    • Defence families and community organisations
  • Military justice
  • Medals and awards
  • Parliamentary Exchange Program
  • Navy, Army and Air Force Cadets
  • Young Endeavour Youth Scheme
  • Commonwealth corporate entities, for the purposes of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, other than those that are the responsibility of the Minister for Defence