New Advocate for Victoria’s defence industry

Published: 13 February 2019

New advocate for Victoria's defence industry

The Victorian Government has appointed renowned industry and government defence expert John O’Callaghan as a new 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.

He has supported Australia’s leading defence companies as the Executive Director of the Australian Industry Group Defence Council, in the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Defence and as a senior adviser to former federal Minister for Defence, Kim Beazley.

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.

Victoria’s defence sector contributes up to $8 billion to the state’s economy each year, employing around 18,500 people in 770 businesses that manufacture equipment and provide services for defence activities. Mr O’Callaghan takes over the reins from Victoria’s first ever Defence Industry Advocate, Greg Combet AM.

To find out more about the Defence Industry in Victoria, visit the Defence Victoria website