07/10/2021

On Thursday 7 October, Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC was sworn in as the 36th Governor of South Australia.

Ms Adamson replaces His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le AC who completed his term as Governor on 31 August 2021.

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.

In the role Ms Adamson will also draw on her particular skills and background to support the promotion of the state of South Australia, both nationally and internationally.

Ms Adamson, repeatedly ranked as one of South Australia's most influential people, was Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2016 until earlier this year. Before her appointment as Secretary, she was International Adviser to then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Immediately prior to this, from 2011 to 2015, Ms Adamson was Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. She also served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s and from 2001 to 2005. From 2001 to 2005 was Representative at the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.

Ms Adamson has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005 to 2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993 to 1997.

She was also Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010.

Ms Adamson is a Special Adviser to the Male Champions of Change and a member of Chief Executive Women.

She was awarded a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship in 2015 and was made a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) in September 2019 on completion of her two-year term as President of IPAA ACT Division.

She is married to Rod Bunten and they have four adult children.

You can follow the Governor on Instagram at @governorsouthaustralia.

Watch the Swearing-in of Her Excellency the Honourable Frances AC

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