Minister for Defence Personnel (Redirected from Minister for Defence Science and Personnel (Australia))

Minister for Defence Personnel
Incumbent
Matt Keogh

since 1 June 2022 (2022-06-01)
Department of Defence
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holderRos Kelly (as Minister for Defence Science and Personnel)
Formation18 September 1987 (1987-09-18)

In the Government of Australia, the Minister for Defence Personnel is a position which is currently held by Matt Keogh, after the Albanese ministry was sworn in on 1 June 2022, following the 2022 Australian federal election.

The ministerial portfolio has existed under various names since 1987. The Minister appointed is responsible for oversight of defence personnel and administered the portfolio through the Department of Defence, the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Defence Force Academy, and a range of other agencies.

While ultimately responsible to the Commonwealth of Australia and the Parliament, in practical terms, the minister reports to the Minister for Defence.

List of Ministers for Defence Personnel

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Defence Personnel, or any of its precedent titles:

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Ros Kelly   Labor Hawke Minister for Defence Science and Personnel 18 September 1987 (1987-09-18) 6 April 1989 (1989-04-06) 1 year, 200 days
2 David Simmons 6 April 1989 (1989-04-06) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 363 days
3 Gordon Bilney 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 2 years, 354 days
Keating 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24)
4 John Faulkner 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 1 year, 1 day
5 Gary Punch 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 1 year, 352 days
6 Bronwyn Bishop Liberal Howard Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 2 years, 224 days
7 Warren Snowdon Labor Rudd Minister for Defence Science and Personnel 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 9 June 2009 (2009-06-09) 1 year, 188 days
8 Greg Combet Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science 9 June 2009 (2009-06-09) 1 April 2010 (2010-04-01) 296 days
9 Alan Griffin Minister for Defence Personnel 1 April 2010 (2010-04-01) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 166 days
Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14)
(7) Warren Snowdon Minister for Defence Science and Personnel 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14) 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) 3 years, 4 days
Rudd 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)
10 Mal Brougha   Liberal Turnbull Minister for Defence Materiel and Science 21 September 2015 (2015-09-21) 29 December 2015 (2015-12-29) 99 days
acting Marise Paynea   Acting Minister for Defence Materiel and Science 29 December 2015 (2015-12-29) 18 February 2016 (2016-02-18) 51 days
11 Dan Tehan   Liberal Turnbull Minister for Defence Personnel 19 July 2016 (2016-07-19) 20 December 2017 (2017-12-20) 1 year, 154 days
12 Michael McCormack   Nationals 20 December 2017 (2017-12-20) 5 March 2018 (2018-03-05) 75 days
13 Darren Chester   5 March 2018 (2018-03-05) 28 August 2018 (2018-08-28) 3 years, 119 days
Morrison 28 August 2018 (2018-08-28) 2 July 2021 (2021-07-02)
14 Andrew Gee   2 July 2021 (2021-07-02) 23 May 2022 (2022-05-23) 325 days
15 Matt Keogh   Labor Albanese Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
1 June 2022 (2022-06-01) incumbent 102 days

See also


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