Colonel Chris Robinson completed a BA in International Relations at LaTrobe University in 1983, and went on to study at the Officer Cadet School, Portsea. He was subsequently allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. Early Regimental appointments included service in 104 Signal Squadron (1st Brigade) and 152 Signal Squadron (The Special Air Service Regiment).
Subsequent appointments as a Captain included postings to Headquarters 1st Division and to Materiel Division (Army) as the Officer Commanding, RAVEN Commissioning Team, where he was responsible for the introduction into service of a High Frequency Radio System to units of the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.
In 1998 Colonel Robinson was appointed Officer Commanding 229 (Berlin) Signal Squadron, 7th Signal Regiment, British Army, based in Krefeld, Germany. His Squadron provided communications support to 1st (UK) Signal Brigade and Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps. He commanded the Squadron on Operation AGRICOLA (Kosovo War (1999)) in both the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo, and was the Deputy Commander of the Regiment for two months during this deployment. As a result of this service he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for “Outstanding achievement as the Squadron Commander of a United Kingdom Trunk Communications Squadron”.
Since 2000 Chris has been involved in the planning, management and implementation of strategic communications support to the Australia Defence Organisation; was appointed Commandant of the Army School of Signals in 2002, and in December 2002 became the inaugural Commandant of the Defence Force School of Signals, responsible for Communication Information Systems and Electronic Warfare training for the Australian Defence Force.
Colonel Robinson is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College (1997) and the National Defence University, Pakistan (2008). He holds a Graduate Diploma in Telecommunications System Management (1988) from Swinburne Institute of Technology, a Graduate Diploma of Management (1997) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Masters of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies (2008) from the National Defence University.