ADF’s inaugural Chief of Personnel – first female 3-star

Current Deputy Chief of Army Major General Natasha Fox has been appointed the inaugural Chief of Personnel in the Australian Defence Force.

FILE PHOTO (February 2023): Deputy Chief of Army Major General Natasha Fox talks with Chief of Staff of the Republic of Korea Army Lieutenant at Russel Offices, Canberra. Photo by Sergeant Tristan Kennedy.

Major General Fox will commence her new role on 5 June, on promotion to lieutenant general – becoming Australia’s first female 3-star.

The Defence Strategic Review, released last month, recommended ADF personnel management be centralised into a single integrated system, headed by a Chief of Personnel reporting directly to the Chief of Defence Force.

As Chief of Personnel, Major General Fox’s aim will be to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and cohesiveness of personnel management to achieve a more integrated ADF.


The DSR also recommended options be developed to change Defence’s recruitment framework.

This aims to improve the eligibility pool of potential applications and to align service recruitment requirements to military employment, especially in key technical and specialist trades.

Defence Minister Richard Marles said Major General Fox brought more than 35 years of experience in leadership, and personnel and workforce management to her new role.

“We want more Australians to experience a rich and rewarding career with Defence,” Mr Marles said.

“A Defence career is one that provides fulfilling and well-paid work, job security and world-class training and education opportunities.

“Major General Fox will play a critical role in ensuring we have an integrated end-to-end people system for all Australians who join the ADF.”

Minister for Defence Personnel Matt Keogh said he looked forward to working with Major General Fox and Deputy Secretary Defence People Justine Greig to transform the Defence people system to continue to support and enable the Defence workforce and future capability.

“As a government we are committed to improving the welfare of serving and ex-serving members of our ADF, after all our people are our most important capability,” Mr Keogh said.




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4 thoughts on “ADF’s inaugural Chief of Personnel – first female 3-star

  • 28/05/2023 at 10:25 am

    Way to go Defence! We are having problems with recruiting, all our armed forces need numbers, mostly men and it will always be so. So here’s yet another story about how well women are doing in defence, and congratulations to her, but national defence is NOT an equal opportunity endeavour.

  • 28/05/2023 at 8:40 am

    These same senior Army people are the same ones who allowed the Army to be “not fit for purpose” Minister Marles – and the DSR had to correct it !

    • 29/05/2023 at 10:20 am

      Actually, our last six governments did that… defence doesn’t simply pick what it can spend money on – it all goes through Govt.

  • 27/05/2023 at 2:15 pm

    Looks like just about every officer LtCol and above gets a CSC, then OAM. Way too many gongs for simply doing a job. Then I could go on about instructors badges!


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