Victorian Defence Industry Advocate

Victoria’s defence industry Advocate promotes Victoria's defence industry interests to key stakeholders nationally and internationally, and provides the Victorian Government with strategic advice on defence industry-related issues.

In February 2019, the Victorian Government appointed renowned industry and government defence expert John O’Callaghan as the new Victorian Defence Industry Advocate to showcase Victoria’s defence capabilities across Australia and overseas.

Mr O’Callaghan has been a member of the Defence Council Victoria since 2017 and has worked as a senior executive in both government and industry roles in the defence sector.

In his role as advocate Mr O’Callaghan will play a leading role in promoting Victoria’s brightest defence talent and best technology to the world, working with contractors, supply chain companies and R&D organisations to ensure our sector grows to create more jobs and more economic benefit for the state. Mr O’Callaghan takes over the position from Victoria’s first ever Defence Industry Advocate, Greg Combet AM.