The Oversight Board’s function is to provide independent advice to the Minister for Defence on embedding long-lasting change in Defence as intended through the First Principles Review. The Board assists in ensuring the intent of the Government-endorsed recommendations of the First Principles Review are fully realised in Defence. The Board provides assistance where required to the Secretary of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force, and the Defence Leadership with implementing the remaining work of the First Principles Review.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under


  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    30 April 2015

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Ms. Erica Smyth 30 June 2017 30 June 2019
Member LTGEN Peter Leahy AC Retd 30 June 2017 30 June 2019
Member The Hon. Lindsay Tanner 30 June 2017 30 June 2019
Member VACANT    
Member Ms. Melinda O'Leary 8 September 2017 30 June 2019
Member Ms. Linda Addison GAIDC 13 November 2017 30 June 2019
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