Vice Chief of the Defence Force (Australia)
|Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force|
|Member of||Australian Defence Force|
|Reports to||Chief of the Defence Force|
|Term length||Four years (renewable)|
|Inaugural holder||Air Marshal Ray Funnell|
|Formation||6 June 1986|
The Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) is the military deputy to the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) of Australia, and acts as the CDF in his absence under standing acting arrangements.
Created in 1986, the VCDF is a three-star officer in the Australian Defence Force (lieutenant general, vice admiral, or air marshal). The position's standing responsibilities include: Joint Doctrine, Education, Training and Evaluation; Joint Logistics; Reserve Policy; and Joint Capabilities, Commitments and Concepts. When acting as Chief of the Defence Force, the VCDF attends the National Security Committee of Cabinet (NSCC) and Secretary’s Committee on National Security (SCNS).
The appointment is made by the Governor General on the advice of his/her ministers under Section 9AA of the Defence Act (1903) and is for a fixed term of four years, nominally rotated between the three services, Navy, Army and Air Force; however in practice this has not been the case and the appointment has been held for longer or shorter periods of time. The role is politically neutral, as are all military positions, and is not affected by a change of government.
Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, the incumbent VCDF, has held the position since 30 June 2014.
Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group
The Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group is responsible for the provision of military strategic effects and commitments advice and planning, joint military professional education and training, logistics support, health support, ADF cadet and reserve policy, joint capability coordination, preparedness management, and joint and combined ADF doctrine.
The following list chronologically records those who have held the post of Vice Chief of the Defence Force. Rank and honours are as at the completion of the individual's term.
|Rank||Name||Postnominals||Service||Term began||Term ended||Time in Appointment|
|Air Marshal||Funnell, RayRay Funnell||AO||RAAF||6 June 1986||January 1987||208 days|
|Vice Admiral||Knox, IanIan Knox||AC, RAN||RAN||January 1987||16 September 1989||2 years, 259 days|
|Vice Admiral||Beaumont, AlanAlan Beaumont||AC, RAN||RAN||16 September 1989||October 1992||3 years, 14 days|
|Lieutenant General||Baker, JohnJohn Baker||AC||Army||October 1992||April 1995||2 years, 182 days|
|Vice Admiral||Walls, RobertRobert Walls||AO, RAN||RAN||April 1995||March 1997||1 year, 334 days|
|Vice Admiral||Barrie, ChrisChris Barrie||AC, RAN||RAN||March 1997||3 July 1998||1 year, 122 days|
|Air Marshal||Riding, DouglasDouglas Riding||AO, DFC||RAAF||3 July 1998||5 June 2000||1 year, 341 days|
|Lieutenant General||Mueller, DesmondDesmond Mueller||AO||Army||5 June 2000||15 July 2002||2 years, 40 days|
|Vice Admiral||Shalders, RussRuss Shalders||AO, CSC, RAN||RAN||15 July 2002||4 July 2005||2 years, 350 days|
|Lieutenant General||Gillespie, KenKen Gillespie||AO, DSC, CSM||Army||4 July 2005||3 July 2008||2 years, 365 days|
|Lieutenant General||Hurley, DavidDavid Hurley||AC, DSC||Army||4 July 2008||3 July 2011||2 years, 364 days|
|Air Marshal||Binskin, MarkMark Binskin||AC||RAAF||4 July 2011||30 June 2014||2 years, 361 days|
|Vice Admiral||Griggs, RayRay Griggs||AO, CSC, RAN||RAN||30 June 2014||Incumbent||2 years, 169 days|
Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS)
Until September 2007, the VCDF was "double hatted" as the Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS). In this role he commanded Australian Defence Force operations on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Force. In September 2007, The (Liberal) Minister of Defence, Brendan Nelson announced the formation of a separate three-star CJOPS position based at the Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) facility at Bungendore, New South Wales.
- ADF Website (accessed 25 May 2010)
- "Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN". Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group. Department of Defence. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- "About the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group". Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group. Department of Defence. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
- VADM Shalders (2 April 2003). "Transcript of Speech to RUSI 'The Evolving role of the Vice Chief of the Defence Force'". Retrieved 25 May 2010.
- RAAF Air Development Power Centre (6 June 1986). "Funnell first VCDF". Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- http://www.defence.gov.au/news/navynews/editions/5114/5114.pdf 'Seeing Stars' Navy News, p 11 (accessed 25 May 2010
- http://www.defence.gov.au/cdf/past_chiefs.htm (accessed 26 May 2010)
- Minister of Defence Press Release MIN99/07 19 September 2007 Archived 30 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.