The Office of the Commander is located at Headquarters PNGDF, Murray Barracks, Port Moresby. The Commander of the PNGDF holds a rank of Brigadier General ( or equivalent rank for maritime and air element officers). The current Commander of the PNGDF is Brigadier General Gilbert TOROPO, DMS, CBE.

The roles of the Office of the Commander:
• Provides strategic advice to NEC on matters regarding National Sovereignty and Security,
• Provides strategic advice to the Minister for Defence on matters affecting the PNGDF,
• Provide Command, Control and Leadership on all the members of the PNGDF,
• Ensures the appropriate tasking of PNGDF strategic assets,
• Ensure the Constitutional obligations of the PNGDF are achieved,
• Ensures that the National Government’s policies and directions are implemented,
• Issues directives on the effective running of the PNGDF, and
• Executes other tasks as directed by the Government of the day.