Chief Counsel provides legal support to Ministers, the Secretary and the Chief of the Defence Force, and Defence senior leaders more broadly, by managing and leading the Defence Legal Division, an integrated national in-house legal service staffed by ADF and APS personnel. The Defence Legal Division forms part of the Associate Secretary.
Mr Adrian D'Amico is the current Chief Counsel. He commenced in this position in November 2018.
From 2000 to 2007, Adrian was a Canberra Partner of Phillips Fox, which later became DLA Piper, and from 2007 to 2012 he was a Senior Partner with Deacons. When Deacons merged with the private international law firm Norton Rose, Adrian became head of the Canberra Office.
Adrian joined the Australian Public Service in the Department of Defence in 2012 when he was appointed Assistant Secretary Defence General Counsel.