Brigadier Jane Spalding enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1981 before transferring to the Australian Regular Army in 1983 and graduating as a Second Lieutenant into the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC). She has filled a variety of logistics, specialist ammunition, personnel, training and command appointments.
Brigadier Spalding qualified as an Ammunition Technical Officer in 1985 and served in a range of ammunition appointments before serving as the Aide-de-Camp to the Governor-General in 1991.
Training roles include Divisional Officer, ADFA and Directing Staff, Australian Command and Staff College. Operational appointments include DQ 7 Bde and Director Joint Preparedness Management.
Brigadier Spalding’s command appointments include Proof and Experimental Establishment, Graytown and Army School of Logistic Operations, ALTC when she also performed the role of Deputy Head of RAAOC. She deployed to East Timor as SO1 Personnel and Logistics of the Australian National Command Element in 2002.
Brigadier Spalding’s staff appointments include Deputy Director Capability Development – Personnel within DPE, Director Combat and Combat Support Development – Army, Project Officer in Defence Force Recruiting and Director Strategic Reform Program – Army. On promotion to Brigadier she assumed the appointment as Director General Explosive Ordnance. She was appointed as a member of the Commission of Inquiry into the Marrangaroo fire in 2013. In August 2014, Brigadier Spalding was appointed as Head of Corps RAAOC. In January 2016, she was appointed as Chief of Staff AHQ. Brigadier Spalding assumed the appointment as Commander Task Group Afghanistan in September 2018. Brigadier Spalding is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College, Royal Military College of Science and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Human Resource Development) and Masters Degrees in Military Studies, Defence Studies and Strategic Studies.
Brigadier Spalding is a graduate of the Company Director’s Course and was a Member of the Board of the Australian Defence Credit Union (now the Australian Military Bank) during the period 2007-2018. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australian in 2013 Australia Day Honours List for her work in recruiting and strategic reform. She enjoys archery, photography and travel and is a passionate supporter of the Collingwood Football Club.