General David Hurley in January 2014
|38th Governor of New South Wales|
2 October 2014
|Premier|| Mike Baird |
|Preceded by||Dame Marie Bashir|
|Governor-General-designate of Australia|
28 June 2019
|Succeeding||Sir Peter Cosgrove|
|Born||[ citation needed ]26 August 1953|
Wollongong, New South Wales
|Residence||Government House, Sydney|
|Website||Office of the Governor|
|Years of service||1972–2014|
|Commands|| Chief of the Defence Force (2011–2014)|
Vice Chief of the Defence Force (2008–2011)
Chief of Joint Operations (2007–2008)
Chief of Capability Development Group (2003–2007)
Land Commander Australia (2002–2003)
1st Brigade (1999–2000)
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1991–1993)
|Awards|| Companion of the Order of Australia |
Distinguished Service Cross
Knight of the Order of Saint John
General David John Hurley, AC, DSC, FTSE (born 26 August[ citation needed ] 1953) is a former senior officer in the Australian Army and the 38th and current Governor of New South Wales, serving since 2014.
In a 42-year military career, Hurley deployed on Operation Solace in Somalia in 1993, commanded the 1st Brigade (1999–2000), and was the inaugural Chief of Capability Development Group (2003–2007). His career culminated with his appointment as Chief of the Defence Force on 4 July 2011, in succession to Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston.Hurley retired from the Defence Force in June 2014, and succeeded Dame Marie Bashir as Governor of New South Wales on 2 October 2014.
On 16 December 2018 it was announced that The Queen, on the advice of Prime Minister Morrison, had approved the appointment of Hurley as the next Governor-General of Australia, commencing in June 2019.
David Hurley was born in Wollongong, New South Wales, the son of Norma and James Hurley. His father was an Illawarra steelworker and his mother worked in a grocery store. Hurley grew up in Port Kembla and attended Port Kembla High School, where he completed his Higher School Certificate in 1971. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon with a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies.
Hurley is married to Linda and has three children.
Hurley joined the Australian Army in January 1972,and graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in December 1975 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. His initial posting was to the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR). Promoted to captain, he was appointed Adjutant of the Sydney University Regiment before becoming Regimental Adjutant of the Royal Australian Regiment. He went on exchange to the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army) before serving with 5th/7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5/7 RAR).
Promoted to lieutenant colonel, he was posted as the Senior Career Adviser (Armour, Artillery, Engineers and Infantry) in the Office of the Military Secretary in 1990, appointed SO1 (Operations) Headquarters 2nd Division in early 1991 and in November 1991 assumed command of 1 RAR which he led during Operation SOLACE (Somalia) in 1993. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for this service.In 1994 he became SO1 (Operations), Headquarters 1st Division.
Following promotion to colonel, he was appointed Chief of Staff, Headquarters 1st Division in June 1994, attended the U.S. Army War College in 1996 and 1997, became Military Secretary to Chief of Army, and was posted to Australian Defence Headquarters as Director of Preparedness and Mobilisation in December 1997.
As a brigadier, he assumed command of the 1st Brigade in Darwin in January 1999. During this period he oversaw the Brigade's transition to a higher degree of operational readiness and its support to Australian led operations in East Timor. He went on to be Director General Land Development within Capability Systems in January 2001.
He was promoted to major general in 2001 and served as Head Capability Systems Division from July 2001, and as Land Commander Australia (LCAUST) from December 2002.
Promoted to lieutenant general, he assumed the new appointment of Chief of Capability Development Group (CCDG) in December 2003, went on to take the newly separated appointment of Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS) in September 2007, and became Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) in July 2008.
Hurley was promoted to general and succeeded Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston as Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) on 4 July 2011.
In January 2012 Hurley completed 40 years service to the Australian Defence Force,and on 20 January while in Paris, he was presented with the insignia for Officer of the Legion of Honour by the French CDF. In February he was presented with his fifth bar to the Defence Force Service Medal, and with the DFSM ribbon with the Federation Star, in recognition of his 40 years of service. Hurley retired from the Australian Army on 30 June 2014, and was succeeded as CDF by Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.
David Morrison, the 2016 Australian of the Year, subsequently credited Hurley with the phrase "the standard you walk past is the standard you accept" in his anti-misogyny speech, which became "one of the most quoted phrases" in the speech.
Hurley is an Honorary Patron of the ACT Veterans Rugby Cluband Patron of Transport Heritage NSW.
On 5 June 2014, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird announced that General Hurley would replace Dame Marie Bashir as Governor of New South Wales: he was sworn in by the Premier on 2 October 2014 after Bashir's term as Governor expired.On 17 March 2015, he was invested as a Knight of the Order of St John by the Lord Prior, Dr Neil Conn, at a ceremony at Government House, Sydney.
On 16 December 2018 Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Hurley would become the next Governor-General of Australia commencing in June 2019.
|Viceregal styles of|
|Reference style||His Excellency|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
The Governor's style and title in full is: His Excellency General The Honourable David John Hurley, Companion of the Order of Australia, Distinguished Service Cross, Governor of the State of New South Wales in the Commonwealth of Australia.
|Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)||26 January 2010|
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||26 January 2004|
|Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)||26 November 1993|
|Knight of the Order of St John||17 March 2015|
|Australian Active Service Medal||with SOMALIA clasp|
|Australian Service Medal||with SOMALIA clasp|
|Defence Force Service Medal with the Federation Star||40–44 years service|
|Australian Defence Medal|
|Officer of the Legion of Honour (France)||20 January 2012|
|Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)||10 May 2012|
|Knight Grand Commander of the Order of Military Service (Malaysia)||2012|
|Defence Meritorious Service Star – 1st Class (Indonesia)||19 November 2012|
|Distinguished Service Order (Singapore)||13 February 2013|
|Gold Medal of the Order of the Crown of Thailand (Thailand)||June 2014|
|Gold Decoration of Merit (Netherlands)||June 2014|
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Major General Peter Abigail
| Land Commander Australia |
Major General Ken Gillespie
|New title|| Chief Capability Development Group |
Vice Admiral Matt Tripovich
Separated from the roles of VCDF
| Chief of Joint Operations |
Lieutenant General Mark Evans
Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie
| Vice Chief of the Defence Force |
Air Marshal Mark Binskin
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston
| Chief of the Defence Force |
Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin
Dame Marie Bashir
| Governor of New South Wales |
Sir Peter Cosgrove
| Governor-General of Australia |