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Special Operations Command
Active 2002—Present
Country  Australia
Type Special forces
Part of Australian Defence Force
Headquarters location Potts Point, New South Wales

The Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) is a command within the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Special Operations Command (SOCOM) was established in May 2003, to unite all of the ADF special forces units. As of 2007, Special Operations Command was fully operational. Australia's Special Operations Command is of equivalent status to Australia's Maritime, Land and Air Commands. All of its constituent units are drawn from the Australian Army. It is modelled on the equivalent commands in the United States and British militaries.


A Special Operations Task Group patrol in Afghanistan in October 2009

  • East Timor (May 2006–)
  • Security for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (March 2006)
  • Afghanistan (2001– )
  • Iraq (2003–2009)
  • Security for the 2003 Rugby World Cup (October–November 2003)
  • Security for President George W. Bush's visit to Canberra (October 2003)

While Special Operations Command had not formally commenced operations at the time, it appears that the headquarters may have overseen the boarding of the North Korean freighter MV Pong Su in April 2003, which involved elements of the both the SASR and 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Commando) Tactical Assault Groups.

In 2007, the APEC Summit hosted in Sydney had Special Operations Command involvement regarding security as world leaders, including John Howard, George W. Bush and other government and economic leaders were in attendance.


Order of battle[]

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Soldiers from Special Operations Command during a media demonstration in May 2003

Special Operations Headquarters or SOHQ (Canberra and Sydney)

SOTG cooperates with and / or is supported by various services, units and commands from Australian Defence Force and Government (including ASIS). In Afghanistan, SOTG personnel have been supported by elements of the Australian Army and Air Force, including RAAF Combat Control Teams, which are Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) qualified.

Special Operations Commander Australia (SOCAUST)[]

The following have held the position of Special Operations Commander Australia, with the ranks and honours as at the completion of their tenure:

See also[]


  • Australian Defence Minister Press Release, 29 October 2005. New Special Operations Commander Appointed
  • Australian Defence Minister Press Release, 5 May 2003. New Special Operations Command
  • Australian Defence Minister Press Release, 25 September 2003 Defence Support To World Cup Security
  • David Horner (2002). SAS : Phantoms of War. A History of the Australian Special Air Service. Allen and Unwin. Sydney.
  • Ian Kuring (2004). Redcoats to Cams: A History of Australian Infantry 1788 to 2001. Loftus in association with the Australian Army Historical Unit. Sydney.
  • Captain Jason Logue (2003). Tartan TAG

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