Veterans' Affairs (part of the Defence Portfolio)
The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war or on operational service and those who have served our nation in times of conflict. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    R. Management Board

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Australian War Memorial Act 1980

  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    X. Internal Management

  • Auditor


  • Function Categorization

    Executive Management

  • Creation Date

    1 July 1980

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair VACANT    
Member Major General Aziz (Greg) Melick AO (Ret'd) 19 April 2018 18 April 2021
Member Colonel (Ret'd) Susan Neuhaus AM CSC 27 April 2018 26 April 2021
Member Mrs. Josephine Stone AM 2 March 2018 1 March 2021
Member Lieutenant General Rick Burr AO DSC MVO 1 July 2018 Determined by the appointer
Member Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld AO, DSC 4 July 2019 Determined by the appointer
Member Mr. Kerry Stokes AC 31 July 2020 30 July 2021
Member Mr. Tony Abbott AC 19 September 2019 18 September 2022
Member VACANT    
Member Mr. James McMahon DSC DSM 25 October 2018 24 October 2021
Member Ms. Gwen Cherne 7 February 2019 6 February 2022
Member Wing Commander (Ret'd) Sharon Bown 5 May 2019 4 May 2022
Member Corporal Daniel Keighran VC 5 May 2019 4 May 2022
Member Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO RAN 7 July 2018 Determined by the appointer
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