Defence Ministers


The Defence Ministerial portfolio contains the following positions:

  • Minister for Defence
  • Minister for Defence Industry
  • Minister for Defence Personnel
  • Minister for Veteran's Affairs
  • Assistant Minister for Defence
  • Assistant Minister for Veteran's Affairs

For details about current and previous Defence Ministers and their media releases and statements visit the Defence Ministers website.


As well as the Department of Defence, the Defence Ministerial portfolio also contains the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) and its associated bodies, though DVA is administered and reports separately from Defence.

Functions and powers

The Governments Administrative Arrangements Orders (AAOs) formally allocate executive responsibility among Ministers.

Where applicable, Defence Ministers or authorised Defence personnel, may exercise decision-making powers under the Legislation as prescribed in the AAOs Part 4 - Department of Defence.