The Chief of the Defence Force also takes home a salary well over $800,000, and shortly the Prime Minister will announce which senior officer will next hold the prestigious position.
Whoever replaces Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin in July will earn vastly more than their British and American counterparts, both of whom command militaries that are much larger.
In Britain, head of armed forces Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has an annual salary of between 255,000 and 259,000 pounds ($468,000–$475,00) before tax, according to data published by the UK Ministry of Defence.
General Joseph Dunford, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is paid just over $245,000, topped up with a personal allowance of $5,172, according to The Times newspaper.
Salaries for Australia's Defence chiefs are set by the independent Remuneration Tribunal, which also determines the wages for politicians, bureaucrats, judges and other Commonwealth officials. ..."