Chief of Joint Operations (Australia)

Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS)
Vice Admiral David Johnston

since May 2014
Style Vice Admiral /
Lieutenant General /
Air Marshal
Term length Three years (renewable)
Inaugural holder Lieutenant General
David Hurley

The Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS) is a three-star role within the Australian Defence Force (ADF), responsible for commanding operations. Until 2007, the Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) was double hatted, additionally exercising the responsibilities of CJOPS. However, in September 2007 the Minister of Defence, Brendan Nelson announced the formation of a separate CJOPS position based at the Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) facility at Bungendore, New South Wales.[1]

Joint Operations Command consists of Headquarters Joint Operations Command and Border Protection Command. The Direct Command Units consist of Military Strategic Commitments Division (incorporating the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program); Reserve Policy Division; and the Command and Control Implementation Team. Chief of Joint Operations is a joint position, and in theory the incumbent can be appointed from any of the ADF components.

On 28 Match 2014, the Department of Defence announced Rear Admiral David Johnston will be promoted vice admiral and succeed Lieutenant General Ash Power as CJOPS on 20 May 2014.[2]


Rank Name Postnominals Image Term began Term ended Time in
Lieutenant General Hurley, DavidDavid Hurley AO, DSC September 2007 July 2008 304 days
Lieutenant General Evans, MarkMark Evans AO, DSC July 2008 May 2011 2 years, 304 days
Lieutenant General Power, AshAsh Power AO, CSC May 2011 May 2014 3 years, 0 days
Vice Admiral Johnston, DavidDavid Johnston AM, RAN May 2014 Incumbent 2 years, 222 days


David Johnston (admiral) Ash Power Mark Evans (general) David Hurley

Deputy Chief of Joint Operations (DCJOPS)

Rank Name Postnominals Term began Term ended Term in appointment Notes
Air Marshal Evans, GregGreg Evans DSC, AM 2008 2009 1 year
Major General Power, AshAsh Power AM, CSC
Rear Admiral Griggs, RayRay Griggs AM, CSC May 2010 June 2011 1 years and 1 month
Rear Admiral Gilmore, SteveSteve Gilmore AM, CSC December 2011 November 2013 1 year and 11 months [3]
Major General Caughey, ShaneShane Caughey AM, CSC November 2013 November 2015 2 years
Major General Smith, StuartStuart Smith AO, DSC November 2015 Incumbent

See also


  1. Minister of Defence Press Release MIN99/07 19 September 2007 Archived 30 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "New Chief of Joint Operations announced". Defence News. Department of Defence. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  3. "Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore, AM, CSC, RAN" (PDF). Embassy of Australia, Washington DC. Australian Government. Retrieved 21 January 2016.

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