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Campbell Darby DSC AM

Senior Fellow

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Disaster management, National Security, Whole of Government/Whole of Nation Crisis Coordination


Campbell resigned from the role of Director General, Emergency Management Australia (DGEMA) in September 2012. Now semi-retired he seeks to share his experiences in national security and crises across the broad national security and disaster management communities so as to improve understanding, planning and preparedness in these areas.  His consulting work has involved him in national security and crisis management exercise facilitation, lecturing, mentoring and course development at the National Security College and undertaking reviews commissioned by a wide range of government departments (Attorney-Generals, Health, Infrastructure and Prime Minister and Cabinet).

Campbell joined the Attorney-General’s Department in 2010. In the DGEMA role he was responsible for the coordination of Australia’s response to crises, including natural disasters and to terrorist or security related incidents both domestically and internationally. He managed the operational delivery and policy development of the  Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, and coordinated the delivery of protective security to Australia’s Holders of High Office, events of special significance and to the diplomatic community within Australia. 

Prior to assuming the role of Director General Emergency Management Australia, Campbell was the Executive Director Security and Government Services for the Department of the Chief Minister, Northern Territory (NT) of Australia. In this role he was responsible for all emergency recovery activities across the NT, coordination of strategic emergency management and security issues, and oversighting Protocol, Government House, and NT Major Events. 

He joined the NT Government in 2007 after a distinguished Navy career. He has commanded the Royal Australian Navy ships IPSWICH, SYDNEY and BRISBANE. Senior staff positions have included responsibility for all junior officers’ career management, Commander Sea training responsible for operational standards at sea, and as a Captain in Maritime Headquarters, responsibility for all the RAN's fleet and aviation operational activities. From late 2003 until mid-2004 he commanded all Australian Forces in the Middle East area of operations from his headquarters based in Baghdad. He was Commander Northern Command, and Deputy Commander, Border Protection Command before transferring to the Naval Reserves in 2007. He was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2001, and in 2005 received the award of a Distinguished Service Cross for service in Iraq.

When not consulting Campbell manages his beef cattle property and sails his cruising catamaran with his wife.