The Australia Day Council of South Australia (ADCSA) is an independent, non-profit, membership-based association.

We acknowledge our past, recognise our inspirational people and communities, embrace and encourage diversity and inclusion for all Australians.

Our Strategic Direction

Attitudes to Australia Day are changing.

We are listening to all views about not just the day, but what Australia is now and will be in the future. We are part of that conversation and will work with others to help facilitate it.

The Australia Day Council of South Australia was established by the South Australian Government in 1981 following the formation of the National Australia Day Council in 1979.

With the approach of the Australian Bicentenary in 1988, the Australia Day Council of SA was tasked with delivering quality, creative, innovative and diverse community events and being the custodian of sharing and enhancing Australian identity and culture.

Recognise inspiring people and communities

Place reconciliation at the centre

Celebrate diversity and unity


Good governance and financial sustainability

Meet our Ambassadors

Nasir Hussain

Diversity Advocate & President of Muslim Australian Connections of South Australia

Since migrating to Australia in 2006, Nasir has devoted himself to building bridges between Muslims and the wider Australian society.

Dr Felicity-ann Lewis

Community Leader & 2014 SA Australian of the Year

A dedicated, dynamic leader, Dr Felicity-ann Lewis is passionate about creating a better, healthier, more inclusive Australia

Chris Schacht

Former Senator & President of Volleyball Australia

Chris is a former President of the Australian Volleyball Federation and an elected representative to the Legal Commission of the “Federation Internationale de Volleyball”. He is also a board member of numerous worthwhile organisations.

Pat Rix

South Australian Local Hero, 2007

A respected artistic director with significant experience creating collaborative community and mainstage productions in South Australia, the United States and Southeast Asia.
Professor Jennifer McKay AM

Professor Jennifer McKay AM

Professor - Business, Law and Environment

Professor Jennifer McKay AM is an academic lawyer with a passion for research to celebrate some but reform other laws to achieve a sound and clean environment for future generations.
Christine Robertson

Christine Robertson OAM

Co-founder of Lost Pets of South Australia, Creator of Chipblitz program & SA State Recipient Local Hero 2023

Christine co-founded the Lost Pets of South Australia charity in 2013 to reunite lost pets with their families. The volunteer organisation uses social media and its connections with the RSPCA and other animal welfare groups to get lost animals back home.

Board Members

Michelle Cox


Antonietta Cocchiaro OAM

Board Member

Gillian Lewis

Board Member

Robert Stobbe

Board Member

Rajendra Pandey

Board Member

Dana Wortley MP

Board Member

Cr Jing Li

Board Member

Mayor Heather Holmes-Ross

Board Member

Anna Cheung

Board Member

Professor Jennifer McKay AM

Board Member

Daniel Melino


Our Team

Jan Chorley

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Seidel

Senior Events and Communications Manager

Michelle Chaplin

Stakeholder, Partnership and Engagement Manager

Jorien Staats

Business Integration Strategist

Suzanne Malbut

Awards and Alumni Coordinator

Zuzana Jursova

Operations and Program Coordinator

Mark Gibbs

Finance Coordinator

Shipra Vatsa

Finance Officer

Carol Gowland

Minute Secretary

Our Corporate Members

Our Corporate Partners

Our Network

ADCSA is part of the Australia Day National Network.

ADCSA is part of the Australia Day National Network, which also includes the National Australia Day Council, other state and territory Australia Day organisations, and hundreds of local councils and committees.

The Australia Day Council of South Australia is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the organisation’s membership who commit to voluntary two-year terms. 

Corporate Documents

The Australia Day Council of South Australia’s Annual Review provides information about our achievements and impact and how we worked towards our vision in the 2022/2023 financial year.

You can download and read the Australia Day Council of South Australia Annual Review 2022 – 2023.

Policy NumberTitle of Policy
1Work Health and Safety
2Incident Report and Investigation
3Risk Management
4Feedback and Complaints
5Personal Grievance
6Workplace Bullying
7Code of Conduct
8Acceptance of Gifts and Benefits
9Sponsorship and Donations
10Volunteer Policy
11Finance Policy
12Delegation of Authority – Board
13Information Technology
14Privacy and Confidentiality Policy and Form
15Anti Discrimination and EEO
16Social Media
17Evaluation and Continuous Improvement
18Staff Training and Development
19Parental Leave
20Delegation of Authority – Chief Executive Officer
21Environmental Sustainability
22Procurement Policy
23Conflict of Interest

Honorary Life Membership and Certificate of Appreciation

If you have any questions regarding the policies and procedures of the Australia Day Council of South Australia, please contact us at