Air Vice-Marshal Neil Hart AM was appointed as Strategic Defence Advisor Air to the Queensland Government in March 2018. He has held a range of leadership and command positions within the Australian Defence Force, Department of Defence and with the United States.
Neil graduated with distinction from the Royal Australian Air Force Academy, awarded a Bachelor of Science (Univ. of Melbourne). He is also a graduate of the USAF Command and Staff College Course (Alabama) and the Royal College of Defence Studies (London).
Neil’s senior command appointments and positions include Deputy Chief of Air Force, Head One Defence Implementation, Head Force Structure Review, Head Joint Capability Coordination Division, Commander Air Combat Group, and Director of the US Central Command Combined Air and Director-General Capability Planning Air Force.
Neil’s other staff appointments include Director Special Operations Development for Special Operations Command, Director Airworthiness Coordination and Policy Agency, and Deputy Director in the New Air Combat Capability project team.
Neil is a fighter pilot and flying instructor with over 3000 fast-jet hours including on the F/A-18 Hornet, the Mirage IIIO and the Macchi MB326H, serving on squadrons based at Williamtown, Tindal and Butterworth, Malaysia. He was Commanding Officer of Number 3 Fighter Squadron between 1999–2002, including deploying the squadron on operations.