This page details Defence boards and committees and our corporate governance and management structure which streamline our decision making.
Defence has nine senior Defence Committees, each of which plays an important role in the effective governance of Defence. All senior Defence committees have an advisory role with the chair exercising executive authority.
The Defence Committee is the primary advisory body, supporting the Secretary and the CDF in meeting their joint obligations under the Ministerial Directive for the management and administration of Defence. It is chaired by the Secretary and provides holistic senior management advice to the Secretary and the CDF on strategic management and governance issues, and monitors the overall performance of Defence.
The Chiefs of Service Committee provides military advice to the CDF to assist him in commanding the ADF and providing military advice to the Government. The Committee is chaired by the CDF.
The Defence Audit and Risk Committee (DARC) has been established by the Secretary in accordance with Section 46 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. It provides independent advice to the Secretary and the CDF on all aspects of Defence governance, including audit, assurance, financial management and risk management issues. Mr Paul Rizzo is the independent chair of the DARC.
The Defence Capability and Investment Committee, chaired by the Secretary, reviews major capability and investment issues by seeking to ensure resourcing, including capital investment and operating costs, is consistent with Defence's strategic priorities and resourcing strategy.
The Defence Capability Committee, chaired by the Chief Capability Development Group, considers and develops options for current and future capability. The Committee is a subcommittee of the Defence Capability and Investment Committee and focuses on individual major capital investment projects.
The Workforce and Financial Management Committee, ensures the efficient and effective allocation of Defence resources to meet strategic objectives. It reviews all funding requests and workforce planning initiatives including the allocation of the workforce to meet performance objectives, and also provides strategic direction on reprioritisation of Defence resources. The Committee is co-chaired by the Secretary and the CDF.
The Defence Information Communication and Technology Committee, provides strategic direction on the planning, expenditure and allocation of ICT resources across Defence. The Committee is co-chaired by the Secretary and the CDF.
The Defence Occupational Health and Safety Committee oversees all issues related to Occupational Health and Safety including strategic planning, compliance with internal and external arrangements, and monitoring risks to the wellbeing of Defence’s people. The Committee is co-chaired by the Deputy Secretary People Strategies and Policy and the Vice Chief of the Defence Force.
The Defence People Committee identifies and oversees the implementation of critical workforce initiatives and people policies needed to generate organisational capability required by Defence. The Committee is chaired by the Deputy Secretary People Strategies and Policy.
The ADF conducts inquiries principally to inform internal decision-making. The ability of ADF Commanders to appoint internal administrative inquiries and obtain timely information on incidents that affect personnel, assets, training and policy, is vital for the safety and reputation of our people and the maintenance of our capability.
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