EP#8: Defence – Here to help – Greg Moriarty and General Angus Campbell

A collaborative business model developed during this year’s Bushfire crisis held the Australian Defence Force in shaping its contribution to the Covid – 19 pandemic

The central principle is, “How can we help”’.

The vast Defence enterprise of skilled people and capability is made available to Federal, State and Territory governments, to meet their most pressing needs. From health professionals to project managers, logisticians to engineers, the ADF has made a significant contribution to Australia’s national effort.

In this week’s episode of Work with Purpose, David Pembroke sits down with the Secretary of Defence, Greg Moriarty, and the chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell.

Greg Moriarty is a distinguished Australian public servant. Born in Queensland, Greg has held several influential positions in the APS, including ambassador to Iran, ambassador to Indonesia. He was Australia’s counter-terrorism coordinator, and he also spent time as chief of staff to the former Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

General Angus Campbell has dedicated his professional career in the service of the Australian people. Aside from a short stint in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, General Campbell has been an Australian Defence Force lifer since he began at the Royal Military College in Duntroon in 1984. Since then, he has served in several roles, both in Australia and around the world, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership of the Australian forces in the Middle East, including in Afghanistan. He was appointed Chief of the Australian Defence Force in 2018.

Discussed in this episode:

  • The Navy, Army and Air Force uniting to help fire fighters
  • How the Bushfire experience has changed the Defence force
  • Making the Defence enterprise available to government departments
  • Being flexible and using resources in new and innovative ways
  • What lesson the Secretary and General Campbell have learned from the pandemic
  • Mobilising the Australian Defence Force