New appointment to Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

Friday, December 10 2021

The Hon Andrew Gee MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

The Defence and veteran community will be well served by the appointment of Major General Wade Stothart, DSC, AM, CSC to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.

The appointment follows his promotion from Brigadier and his appointment as Head of People Capability in the Australian Defence Force.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee said there are few better placed to help shape Australia’s veteran support system than Major General Stothart.

“Major General Stothart has served the nation with distinction over his 35 year military career, including as the country’s first Director General of the Joint Transition Authority,” Minister Gee said.

“His work in standing up and developing the capability of the Joint Transition Authority has been critical in better preparing and supporting Defence members and their families as they transition from military to civilian life.

“He has an impressive record and brings significant experience and knowledge of military service that will prove invaluable to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission’s work supporting our Defence and veteran communities.

“Major General Stothart has served in Afghanistan, East Timor and Bosnia, amongst others, and his service continues today.

“I congratulate him on his promotion to Major General and am confident he will do an outstanding job in his new roles.

Major General Stothart will stand aside as Director General of the Joint Transition Authority to fulfil his new roles as Head of People Capability and the Defence member of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission. Air Commodore Kaarin Kooij has been appointed as the new Director General of the Joint Transition Authority.

Major General Stothart replaces Major General Natasha Fox AM CSC who is standing aside from the Commission after three years, following her appointment as Deputy Chief of Army, commencing in January 2022. 

“I would like to thank Major General Fox for her excellent and committed service to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission over the last three years,” Minister Gee said.

“I congratulate her on her appointment to Deputy Chief of Army and I know her decades of experience will continue to serve the Army and its personnel well. I look forward to working closely with her in this important new role.”

Major General Stothart’s biography is attached.

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Major General Wade Stothart DSC AM CSC

Major General Wade Stothart in uniform, with medals on his left chest, smiling at the camera.Major General Wade Stothart joined the Army in 1987 and graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989.  He graduated from the Royal Military College in 1990 and was commissioned to infantry and posted to the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR).  Major General Stothart has served in a variety of regimental and training positions.  He had the honour to command 3 RAR, ‘Old Faithful’, in 2008/09. 

Major General Stothart has deployed on operations five times.  He has deployed to Bosnia, East Timor (twice). , Afghanistan and Kuwait.  Notable staff appointments include Staff Officer Policy to the Chief of the Defence Force and Director General Career Management (2015-2017).  Upon return from operations in the Middle East in 2018 he was appointed Director General Army People Capability and in August 2020 was appointed as the inaugural Director General of the Joint Transition Authority in Defence People Group. He has been promoted from Brigadier to Major General and takes up his appointment as Head People Capability.


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