Chapter 2
Organisational Structure

Defence's mission is 'to defend Australia and its national interests'. In fulfilling this mission, we serve the Government of the day and are accountable to the Commonwealth Parliament,which represents the Australian people, to efficiently and effectively carry out the Government's defence policy.

Portfolio Structure

The Defence portfolio consists of a number of legally distinct organisations. The three most significant are:

In practice, these bodies work together so closely that they are effectively one organisation known simply as Defence (or the Defence organisation), although it has no separate legal identity. A series of internal directives and delegations effectively create a unified organisation. Figure 1.1 shows how the integrated organisation is structured.

The portfolio also contains a number of smaller entities, including:

The Minister for Defence's portfolio also contains the Department of Veterans' Affairs and its associated bodies, as it is designated as part of the Defence portfolio in the Administrative Arrangements Order. The Department of Veterans' Affairs is administered separately from Defence.

Figure 2.1 Defence Portfolio Structure

Diagram showing Australian Defence force (Navy, Army Air Force and Reserves and Cadets for each Service), Department of Defence, Defence Materiel Organisation, Disciplinary appointments (DFDA), Defence Housing Australia and Various small trusts and companies.

Departmental Structure

Defence consists of the ADF—members of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force—and members of the Australian Public Service.

Key Structural Changes

During 2007-08, Defence continued to review and modify its structure to better drive performance improvement. Key changes included: