Our structure

Last updated: 
27 March 2020

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs employs around 2000 staff throughout Australia. We have offices located in each state and territory capital, as well as smaller regional offices, known as Veterans’ Affairs Network (VAN) offices. They provide information, advice and advocacy services to our clients.


The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs is responsible for the department. The secretary is head of the department and president of the Repatriation Commission. The departmental management team includes:

  • Secretary and President — Liz Cosson AM, CSC
  • Deputy Secretary Policy and Programs — Mark Cormack
  • Deputy Secretary Transformation and Enabling Services (A/g) — Mark Harrigan
  • Deputy President (A/g) — Charles McHardie AM
  • Repatriation Commissioner — Don Spinks AM

Deputy Commissioners represent the department in each state and the Northern Territory. As at 27 March 2020 they are:

  • NSW/ACT — Victoria Benz
  • Victoria — Jenny Cotton CSC
  • Queensland — Tara Hatzismalis
  • South Australia — Janice Silby
  • Northern Territory — Meghan Bailey
  • Tasmania — Luke Brown
  • Western Australia — Peter King

See: Organisational chart, The Secretary, Contact us

Other agencies

In addition to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, other agencies or groups also provide services for the veteran community. They include:

  • Repatriation Commission
  • Australian War Memorial
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
  • Veterans’ Review Board
  • Veterans’ Children Education Boards
  • Repatriation Medical Authority
  • Specialist Medical Review Council
  • Office of Australian War Graves

See: Our portfolio