About Chris Picton

Chris is the Member for Kaurna in the southern suburbs of Adelaide and recently became the Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services and Minister for Road Safety.

He was educated at public schools in Adelaide and graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Arts.

Before entering Parliament he served as Chief of Staff to the Federal Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management, Nicola Roxon, as an Associate Director at Deloitte Access Economics and as Chief of Staff to former SA Health Minister John Hill. His significant areas of policy work included tobacco-control programs and public hospital reforms.

In 2016 to 2017 Chris was the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer and worked on reforms to reduce red tape for business, improve industry participation policies and secure SA’s energy future. Chris was also the Convenor of the SA Labor Party's Platform Committee.

Chris lives in Port Noarlunga with his wife and young daughter. When he has time he enjoys swimming, volunteer surf life saving, attending Crows matches and walking his dog on the beach.


Community positions

  • Patron, Mid-Coast Surf Life Saving Club Association
  • Patron, Aldinga Croquet Club
  • Patron, South Port Surf Life Saving Club
  • Vice Patron, Port Noarlunga Surf Life Saving Club
  • Member and volunteer, Moana Surf Life Saving Club
  • Co-Convenor, Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving
  • Co-Convenor, Parliamentary Friends of an Australian Republic
  • #1 Member 2015, Seaford Rangers Soccer Club
  • Honorary Member, Rotary Club of Noarlunga
  • Honorary Member, Australian Computer Society
  • Parliamentary Dementia Champion, Alzheimers Australia
  • Volunteer, St Vinnies Fred's Van Aldinga
  • Member, Aldinga Football Club
  • Member, Christies Beach Football Club
  • Affiliate Member, Port Noarlunga Christies Beach RSL
  • Honourary Member, Noarlunga and Southern District Camera Club
  • State Council member, Australian Republic Movement
  • 2017 Club Ambassador, Noarlunga Netball Club
  • Vice Patron, Morphett Vale Youth Club inc. 2017
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