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Chief of the Defence Force

The Chief of the Defence Force has primary responsibility for the command of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This role arises directly from section 9(2) of the Defence Act 1903, whereby the Chief of the Defence Force commands the ADF under direction of the Minister. The Chief of the Defence Force is also the principal military adviser to the Minister and provides advice on matters that relate to military activity, including military operations.

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