Lieutenant General Angus Campbell to be new Defence Chief

Mr Turnbull said General Campbell had proven his skills in his role with the army, as well as his previous position as the first commander of the Coalition's Operation Sovereign Borders - an ongoing military operation to stop people-smuggling boats from reaching Australia.

"The leadership renewal of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) that we're announcing today will ensure we have a seamless transition in the uniformed leadership of our defence forces at a critical time in our history".

"Coordination with our allies and partners and leadership at the cutting edge of technology is more important than ever".

He has served as the Chief of Army since 2015, and replaces the departing Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.

Questioned by reporters on Monday, Gen. Campbell declined to say whether he was concerned by China's militarisation in the South China Sea.

"It is also an extraordinary responsibility to lead and take care of the men and women of the Australian Defence Force".

Having missed out on the promotion, Griggs has chose to leave the military and will be replaced by Johnston.

Lietenant General Angus Campbell will take on the role of Defence chief in July.

According to the Financial Review, the salary for the Chief of Defence is $800,000, dwarfing the Prime Minister's $527,852 pay packet.

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