skip to navigation skip to content skip to footer

Vice Chief of the
Defence Force Group

Image of the Australian Defence Force Tri-Services Emblem

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.

Vision: The VCDF Group Vision is to be the Defence leader in the design of the Australian Defence Force structure and in the delivery of military enabling capabilities.

Mission: The VCDF Group Mission is to design and develop Defence Joint Capability and deliver military enablers in order to protect and advance Australia and its national interest.

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs

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.

Continue Reading

Commands and Divisions


Military Strategic Commitments Division provides strategic level management and situational awareness of potential and current ADF Commitments.


Force Design Division’s role is to test the force in being, provide preparedness assurance, design and guide the development of a balanced and affordable future force, in order to provide the Government of Australia a capable, agile and potent Joint Force.


Joint Capability Management and Integration Division's role is to execute the Joint Capability Management, Command, Control, Communications, Computer Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Design Authority, Joint Test and Evaluation, and Integration and Interoperability assurance roles on behalf of the VCDF.


Joint Logistics Command mission is to lead the coordinated delivery of effective and efficient logistics to enable Defence to train, fight and win. CJLOG commands the ADF's logistics information systems, the logistics network of warehouses, maintenance, distribution facilities, and is the Head of the fuel supply chain.


Joint Health Command provides health care to ADF members and ensures the health preparedness of ADF personnel for operations, and, deployable elements of JHC for deployment in support of operations.


Australian Defence College was established to meet the strategic needs of the ADF for joint professional military education and individual joint warfare training.


Reserve and Youth Division's mission is to enhance the capacity of the ADF Reserves to contribute to the ADF capability and preparedness, and maintain a coordinated, coherent and well-governed approach to youth development, experience and recognition program in Defence, an in particular the ADF Cadets.


Australian Civil-Military Centre engages with, and supports, government departments and agencies, non-government organisations and international partners, including the United Nations, on civil-military issues to achieve focused outcomes for the region and globally.