Brigadier Andrew Nikolic AM, CSC served in the Australian Army for over 32 years as a soldier and officer. From 2008 until 2011 he was employed as a senior public servant in the Department of Defence. His pre-selection as the Liberal Party candidate for the seat of Bass in Tasmania at the next federal election was announced on 8 July 2011.
Andrew has completed three postings to the Middle East as: a United Nations military observer in Israel, Syria and South Lebanon (1990-91); as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of Australia’s initial contribution to Afghanistan (2001-02); and as the first Australian National Commander in Southern Iraq (2005). In addition to his national responsibilities in Iraq, he concurrently served as Chief of Staff of the British-led Multinational Division.
Andrew has served in regular army infantry battalions for nine years, has taught tactics at the Royal Military College and as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2000-2001, served as the Commanding Officer of the Parachute Training School. He is a free fall parachute instructor and former leader of the Army ‘Red Berets’ Parachute Team. As a Colonel in 2003, Andrew became the first Commandant appointed to lead the Army Recruit Training Centre to have also graduated as a soldier. In addition to his duties as Commandant, he served as a Director of the Wagga Wagga Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Mayor’s Strategic Planning Unit. In 2007 Andrew was promoted to Brigadier.
Andrew is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College, Joint Services Staff College, Philippines Joint College, United States Army War College, the United Nations Senior Leader’s Course, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds two Bachelors Degrees in Arts and Social Science, and three Masters Degrees in Management, International Relations, and Strategic Studies.
Andrew was commended for Bravery by the South Australian Commissioner of Police in 1987. He is a recipient of the Conspicuous Service Cross for “exceptional leadership” (2002 Australia Day Honours List)), and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 (“exceptional service on operations and in the field of international policy”). He is a recipient of the Australian Active Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Australian Service Medal, Defence Force Service Medal, Australian Defence Medal, United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation Medal, United Kingdom Operation Telic Medal (service in Iraq) and the Returned From Active Service Badge.
On retiring as a Brigadier, Andrew was employed as a First Assistant Secretary in the Department of Defence – a two-star equivalent position with responsibility for managing Australia’s international defence relationships. He was preselected as the Liberal candidate for the federal seat of Bass in July 2011.
Andrew has been married to Christine (nee Symons) for 27 years and they have three children.
University of New South Wales 2000
Master of Management Studies
Deakin University 2002
Master of Arts (International Relations)
United States Army War College 2007
Master of Strategic Studies
University of Adelaide 1995
Bachelor of Arts (History – Politics)
Southern Cross University 1998
Bachelor of Social Science