Changeover in Top Australian Defence Force Leadership


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has named Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell, the new Chief of the Defence Force from July.

Prime Minister Turnbull said General Campbell’s new appointment would allow for “a seamless leadership transition” for the armed forces, which are currently undergoing the greatest modernisation yet seen.

I want to congratulate Lieutenant-General Campbell,” Prime Minister Turnbull said.

“We’re … undertaking the largest modernisation of the capabilities of the Australian Defence Force in our peacetime history.

“It is a massive national enterprise that we are undertaking and that is why we need the finest minds, the finest leaders at the helm of the ADF.”

Major-General Rick Burr is becoming Chief of Army.

Admiral Johnston becomes the new number two as Vice-Chief of Defence Force, responsible for the effective administration of the three services, the army, the navy, and the air force.

Air Vice-Marshal Mel Hupfeld steps into Vice-Admiral David Johnston’s current post as Chief of Joint Operations.

The current Chief of Navy, Tim Barrett is also stepping down to be replaced by Rear Admiral Michael Noonan.

The featured photos shows the the Chief of Joint Operations flag is handed from the outgoing Chief of Joint Operations Vice Admiral David Johnston AM, to the incoming Chief of Joint Operations Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld AO, DSC at Headquarters Joint Operations Command.

For past interviews with the newly promoted senior officers, see the following: