The man in charge of keeping asylum seekers out of Australia has been appointed the nation's new chief of defence force.
Lieutenant General Angus Campbell has been formally announced as Australia's next Defence chief by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra.
"Coordination with our allies and partners and leadership at the cutting edge of technology is more important than ever".
"[Angus Campbell] brings leadership and experience to this vital role", Mr Turnbull said.
It was a race in three to replace Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, with Vice Chief of Defence Ray Griggs and current Chief of Joint Operations David Johnston understood to have also been in contention for the coveted post.
"I just like to say that I deeply appreciate the confidence and trust being displayed and given to me by the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defence and the chief defence force", he said.
Having missed out on the promotion, Griggs has made a decision to leave the military and will be replaced by Johnston.
Along with his role as head of Operation Sovereign Borders aimed at stopping people-smugglers, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell played a key part in the United Nations efforts to restore peace and order in East Timor.
Mr. Turnbull said the appointment came at a critical time, with Australia undertaking the largest modernisation of its defence capabilities in its peacetime history.