Australian Military Rep to NATO and EU

Australian Military Rep to NATO and EU

Australian Military Rep to NATO and EU
Major General Matthew Hall, AO, CSC
Major General Matthew (Matt) Hall

Major General Matthew (Matt) Hall, AO, CSC

Matt Hall was born and raised in South Australia. He entered the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1983 and was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery in December 1986.

In 1989 Matt transferred to the Australian Intelligence Corps. As a junior officer he held intelligence appointments at tactical, operational and strategic level and served as an integrated exchange analyst at the United States Defence Intelligence Agency.

Unit command appointments include Commandant of the Defence Intelligence Training Centre and Commanding Officer/Chief Instructor of the Command Staff and Operations Training Centre, Canungra. For service in these appointments, Matt was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross.

Senior officer appointments include Director Joint Intelligence Staff, Director of Analysis and Intelligence Support Joint Operations Command, Chief of Staff to the Vice Chief of Defence Force, Commander Career Management-Army, Director General Intelligence (J2) and Chief of Staff of Joint Operations Command.

Highlights of Matt’s operational service include augmenting the Australian Embassy Phnom Penh Cambodia at the height of the United Nations mission in 1992, and in Afghanistan in 2005-2006 with the Special Operations Task Group fulfilling the duties of Chief of Analysis Combined Forces Command Afghanistan. In 2012 he again served in Afghanistan as the Deputy to the CJ2 Chief of Intelligence at Headquarters International Security Assistance Force.

Matt is a graduate of the Royal Military College, RAAF School of Languages (Vietnamese), the Australian Army Command and Staff College, Australian Defence Force Academy (post-graduate student) and the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Australian Defence College. Tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Military Studies) and a Master of Management (Human Resource Management) from the University of New South Wales, a Masters of Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from Deakin University.

Matt served as the Director of the Defence Intelligence Organisation from January 2017 to August 2020. He assumed the appointment of Australian Military Representative to NATO and the EU in January 2021.

In 2022 Matt was appointed an Officer in the Military Division of the Order of Australia.

Married to Amanda, they are the proud parents of three adult children.