Warrant Officer of the Navy

The Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N), is responsible to the Chief of Navy (CN), and as the most senior ranking sailor in the Navy is entitled to exercise command over all other Sailors in the RAN. The WO-N is a member of the personal staff of the CN and as such, operates from the office of the CN and is a member of Chief of Navy's Senior Advisory Committee (CNSAC). The WO-N's primary duty is to represent to CN and others the solicited and unsolicited views, concerns and opinions of Sailors, which affect the Navy as a whole. In addition, the WO-N is responsible for:

  • Assisting in the overall maintenance of discipline and morale of Sailors in the RAN
  • Providing input as necessary to ad hoc reviews/inquiries
  • Channelling feedback to Navy Headquarters Directorates
  • Representing Sailors on standing committees
  • Advising any Officer seeking advice on matters relating to Sailors in general
  • The management of all Warrant Officer positions as the Rank Sponsor.

WO-N provides administrative advice and input to the CN of any need to review regulations or conditions of service, monitors the effectiveness of the Divisional System, and guides Warrant Officers and Senior Sailors Messes on matters of administration, and protocol. He maintains a close working relationship with the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army and the Warrant Officer of the Air Force.

Either by invitation alone or in company with the CN (or representatives) the WO-N is the senior non-commissioned representative of personnel at significant ceremonial occasions, appropriate functions and civil receptions. In addition to being a permanent member of formal advisory groups and councils, WO-N is also a Director on the Boards of Navy Health Pty Ltd.

Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth was appointed Warrant Officer of the Navy on 22 November 2019.

WO Andrew “Bert” Bertoncin

Warrant Officer Andrew Bertoncin

WO Andrew “Bert” Bertoncin, OAM, joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1988 as a Radio Operator. On completion of his training at HMAS Cerberus, he served in his first Fleet unit HMAS Swan. During his...

List of Previous Warrant Officers of the Navy

WO Deb Butterworth
(2019 - 2022)

Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth

Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth, OAM, CSM and Bar, was born in Lilydale, Victoria, and for the first ten years of her life she travelled extensively. She then settled into school life in Perth,...

WO-N Gary Wight
(2016 - 2019)

Warrant Officer Gary Wight

Warrant Officer of the Navy Warrant Officer Gary Wight was born in Liverpool, New South Wales in September 1968 and joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 1987. After completing category and...

WON Martin Holzberger
(2012 - 2016)

Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger

Warrant Officer of the Navy Martin Holzberger, AM, CSC joined the Royal Australian Navy as a direct entry Under Water Control Submariner from Brisbane, Queensland in 1987. After completing category...

WON Mark Tandy
(2008 - 2012)

Warrant Officer Mark Tandy

Warrant Officer of the Navy Mark Tandy, CSC, RAN was born in Roebourne, Western Australia, went to school in Tennant Creek and Darwin in the Northern Territory and enlisted into the Royal Australian...

WON James Levay
(2005 - 2008)

Warrant Officer James Levay

Warrant Officer of the Navy James Levay was born in Hastings, Victoria and raised in nearby Lilydale. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as an Apprentice from Melbourne in 1983. He gained...

WON David Turner
(2002 - 2005)

Warrant Officer David Turner

Warrant Officer David Turner enlisted in the RAN as an Apprentice (Electrical Technical Communications) from Adelaide in 1981. After completing four years of trade training, he gained extensive...

Warrant Officer David Wilson
(1999 - 2002)

Warrant Officer David Wilson

Warrant Officer David Wilson enlisted in the RAN as an Adult Recruit in November 1972, from Sydney. Following Recruit Training he completed his Common Sea Training in HMAS Brisbane. Category training...

WO James McConnell
(1997 - 1999)

Warrant Officer James Michael McConnell

WO McConnell was appointed to the position of Warrant Officer of the Navy for the period 13 January 1997 to 31 July 1999. No biography available.

WO Paul Whittaker
(1993 - 1997)

Warrant Officer Paul Whittaker

Born 18 January 1949, Paul John Whittaker, like his father before him, had long held an interest in the Navy from an early age. His career commenced on enlistment (for twelve years) 5 January 1965,...