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10 October 2014: Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs speaks on Australian Defence Force Mental Health Day

Australian Defence Force Mental Health Day

10 October 2014: Held each year, World Mental Health Day is a day dedicated to mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It is also the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Mental Health Day, a day to recognise the ADF’s commitment to taking care of its key capability – its people.

This year the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Griggs spoke to Defence personnel at Australia's Defence Force Headquarters.


Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN is the new Vice Chief of the Defence Force.

Admiral addresses mental health at Grace Groom Oration

9 October 2014: On the eve of World Mental Health Day 2014, Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs gave the keynote address at Mental Health Australia's annual Grace Groom Memorial Lecture.

Held at the National Press Club, VCDF outlined many of the issues facing a modern defence force that is looking to respond to the issue of mental health and wellbeing amongst service men and women.


South Australian employers of Reserves recognised.

South Australian employers of Reserves recognised

11 September 2014: Five employers were recognised for their support of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserves at the Employer Support Awards held at Adelaide Oval last night.

The event, organised by the South Australian Defence Reserves Support Council, recognised employers who have been particularly supportive of their Reservist employees.


Australian Defence Force Academy showcases what’s on offer.

Australian Defence Force Academy showcases what’s on offer

30 August 2014: Australia’s only tri-service military academy, the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra, welcomed the public for its annual open day today.

ADFA prepares future leaders of the Australian Defence Force by combining military training with a world-class university education from UNSW Australia.


Vice Chief of the Defence Force RADM Ray Griggs addressed the 2014 Defence NAIDOC Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

Indigenous Service Honoured

9 July: Vice Chief of the Defence Force VADM Ray Griggs addressed the 2014 Defence NAIDOC Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

The Ceremony acknowledged the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have served their country.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Serving Country – Centenary and Beyond highlighting the service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


VCDF Group Mission: To develop, deliver, enable and ensure Defence Joint Capability in order to protect and advance Australia's national and strategic interests.


Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN is the military deputy to the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) and acts as the CDF in his absence under standing acting arrangements.

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Who are the VCDF Group

The Group enables Defence to meet its objectives through 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.

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