Defence Space Commander

Major General Gregory Novak, AM

Major General Novak was appointed as Commander Space Command in January 2024.

Major General Novak graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1995 to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. His early career included regimental and staff appointments primarily within the 3rd Combat Signal Regiment, Army Headquarters, and as Commanding Officer of the 1st Combat Signal Regiment.

Subsequently, Major General Novak held senior staff appointments in the Office of National Intelligence and as Military Assistant to the Chief of Army. He then posted to the United States as the Australian Liaison Officer to United States Strategic Command. Upon return to Australia, Major General Novak served as Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Force after which he was promoted to Brigadier in January 2020 and appointed Commander Defence Strategic Communications in the Chief Information Officer Group.

In December 2021, Major General Novak was appointed Commander of the Australian Army’s 6th Brigade where he led some of Defence’s most capable intelligence, surveillance, electronic warfare, cyber, battlespace control, and force-level engineering units.

Operationally, Major General Novak has deployed to Bougainville, Afghanistan, the broader Middle East Area of Operations, and twice to East Timor, commanding deployed forces at both sub- unit and unit level.

Major General Novak is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff course, and holds a Masters of Science in Information Technology and a Masters of Arts in Strategy and Policy. He was awarded Member of the Order of Australia in 2023 Australia Day Honours for exceptional service in ADF command and liaison appointments, and a United States Legion of Merit for his contributions to the Australia – United States military to military relationship.

Major General Novak is married to Karina and they have three daughters and a son. His interests include his family, world current affairs and most forms of motorsport.