Stuart Smith was born in Sydney on 1st November 1963. He was educated at Saint Paul’s College in Adelaide and gained scholarship entry to RMC Duntroon in 1981.
He graduated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps in 1984, and completed a variety of appointments with the light and mechanised battalions of The Royal Australian Regiment.
He attended the British Army Command and Staff College in 1996 before serving as a staff officer with 3 Brigade in Townsville, Army Headquarters in Canberra and 1st Division/Deployable Joint Force Headquarters in Brisbane. In 2002 he served as the Chief of Army Liaison Officer to the Australian Government Senate Committee Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
Major General Smith has wide command and operational experience. He served with the United Nations as a Military Observer in Lebanon and Syria in 1993 and as Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment in East Timor in 2003. He conducted Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief Operations as the Chief of Staff of Australian Joint Task Force 629 following the earthquake/tsunami in Indonesia in 2004, and as Commander 3 Brigade following Cyclone Yasi in North Queensland in 2011. He was the Deputy Commander of Australian Joint Task Force 633 (Afghanistan) in 2008 and returned as the Commander (Middle East) in 2012. He assumed command of Headquarters 1st Division/Deployable Joint Force Headquarters on 31 October 2012.
He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Defence College. Major General Smith has the tertiary qualifications Bachelor of Arts (1984), Master of Business Administration (2000) and Diploma Defence and Strategic Studies (2006). He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for exceptional service to the Australian Army. In 2013 he was awarded with a Distinguished Service Cross for his work as Commander Joint Task Force 633 on Operation Slipper.
Major General Smith is married to Karen and they have three adult children. His interests include Australian Literature and Australian Rules Football.