31/08/2021

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC completes his term as the Governor of South Australia.

Governor Van Le

Hieu Van Le was sworn in as the 35th Governor of South Australia in September 2014.

The Governor's role, which is non-political and is distinct from the elected government, is to safeguard the South Australian Constitution by securing the orderly transition from one government to the next and to facilitate the work of the Parliament and the government of the state, as well as undertake ceremonial and community duties.

Supporting this role is the State Governor's Establishment, an attached office of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

His Excellency was the first person of Vietnamese background to have been appointed to a Vice-Regal position anywhere in the world.

Arriving in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam with his wife, Lan, in 1977, the Governor later gained a Bachelor of Economics and Accountancy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide.

His Excellency has been patron of more than 200 organisations during his term.

Among many other achievements, His Excellency expanded the annual Governor’s Multicultural Awards to become the premier celebration of cultural diversity and achievement in this state. He also instigated the Governor’s Aboriginal Youth Leadership Awards which recognise achievements in sports, arts and academia, and created the Governor’s Civic Awards so young people could become active participants in our democracy.

After being sworn-in in 2014, the Governor’s first official function was to lay a wreath at the North Terrace War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial.

On his last day in office, Tuesday 31 August, His Excellency will undertake these engagements once again.

The Government of South Australia thanks His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC for his service and welcomes the Governor Designate, Ms Frances Adamson AC, who will be sworn in in October 2021.