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Senior Executives


Admiral Chris Barrie, Chief of the Defence Force, retired in July 2002 and was replaced by General Peter Cosgrove, formerly Chief of Army.

Mr Richard Smith took up the position of the Secretary of the Department of Defence in November 2002. Dr Allan Hawke vacated the position of Secretary in October 2002.

Lieutenant General Des Mueller, Vice Chief of the Defence Force, retired in July 2002 and was replaced by Vice Admiral Russ Shalders, formerly Head Defence Personnel Executive. Rear Admiral Brian Adams, formerly Deputy Chief of Navy, took up the position of Head Defence Personnel Executive in August 2002.

Vice Admiral David Shackleton, Chief of Navy, retired in July 2002 and was replaced by Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie who vacated the position of Commander Australian Theatre. Rear Admiral Mark Bonser became the new Commander Australian Theatre in late June 2002.

In July 2002, Dr Richard Brabin-Smith vacated the position of Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy, to head the Annual Strategic Review. Dr Brabin-Smith retired from Defence in January 2003.

The position of Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy was filled in July 2002 by Mr Shane Carmody, who transferred from Deputy Secretary Corporate Services. Mr Alan Henderson took up the position of Deputy Secretary Corporate Services in July 2002.

Mr Ron Bonighton was promoted from Director Defence Signals Directorate to Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Security in August 2002.

Mr Geoff Earley was appointed as the Inspector-General of the ADF in January 2003. This appointment implements one of the principal recommendations arising from the report of the Military Justice Audit.

Remuneration for Period in Office

Remuneration for key Defence Executives included in Table 1.16 below includes salary, superannuation, redundancy payments (if any), accrued leave, car parking, vehicle expenses and fringe benefit tax. In addition, for the ADF it includes the value of health and housing assistance.

Table 1.16: Senior Executive Remuneration 2002-03
Position and Name Remuneration
Mr Richard Smith (from 18 November 2002) 200,000 to 209,999
Dr Allan Hawke (until 10 November 2002)(1) 240,000 to 249,999
Chief of the Defence Force
General Peter Cosgrove (from 3 July 2002) 400,000 to 409,999
Admiral Chris Barrie (to 3 July 2002) 10,000 to 19,999
Under Secretary Defence Materiel
Mr Mick Roche 390,000 to 399,999
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
Vice Admiral Russ Shalders (from 16 July 2002) 360,000 to 369,999
Lieutenant General Des Muller (to 15 July 2002) 90,000 to 99,999
Chief of Navy
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie (from 3 July 2002) 370,000 to 379,999
Vice Admiral David Shackleton (to 2 July 2002) 10,000 to 19,999
Chief of Army
Lieutenant General Peter Leahy 280,000 to 289,999
Chief of Air Force
Air Marshal Angus Houston 260,000 to 269,000
  1. Dr Allan Hawke continued to receive remuneration from Defence while working at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). It is understood that the Commission will reimburse Defence in 2003-04.

Study of Parliamentary Process

Defence is committed to ensuring that Senior Executive Service and star ranking officers attend parliamentary principles and process training. Training was conducted during 2002-03 by the Department of the Senate through its seminar - Parliament, Privilege and Accountability. A videotape was produced of one of these sessions, and circulated to members of the target group who were unable to attend the seminar in person, due to their location or to other commitments. Through these means, a further 52 Senior Executive Service and military-equivalent officers participated in the seminar during 2002-03.

As at 30 June 2003, almost all officers in the target group have undertaken the seminar, the exceptions generally being those who have been recently appointed. Arrangements are currently under development to incorporate the seminar into the induction process for new appointees.