Coordinator-General for Drought, Major General Stephen Day – biography

Domestic PolicyJoint Agency Drought Taskforce
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

Biography of the Coordinator-General for Drought, Major General Stephen Day.


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Major General Stephen Day brings extensive experience in leadership, governance and strategy to his role as Coordinator General for Drought.

He has commanded and led at every level from Lieutenant to Major General, planning, managing and leading complex operations in highly challenging and changeable environments. He has been on operational service in Namibia, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

General Day has helped plan and negotiate the transfer of security responsibility from coalition forces to the sovereign Government of Iraq. He coordinated the implementation of the Federal Government’s $1.6 billion program to improve the protection of Australian forces serving in the Middle East. And he led work on a strategy to guide the Australian Defence Force over the next 25 years.

He has established a reputation as a distinguished and compassionate leader and has been formally recognised for his leadership by the Australian, French and United States’ governments. He was presented the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) by the Queen for leadership in East Timor and made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his command and leadership of 7 Brigade. He has been made an Officer of the United States Legion of Merit twice, for his work in both the Iraq war and the war in Afghanistan. And was made an Officer of The French Order of National Merit for his leadership in Afghanistan.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the United States National Association of Corporate Directors.

General Day and his wife have three children.  He is a passionate cricket and rugby supporter and the current Patron of Army Cricket.

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