About Chris Picton

Chris is the Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing and the Member for Kaurna in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.

Chris has previously served as Minister for Police, Correctional Services, Emergency Services and Road Safety. He worked to improve support and equipment for our frontline police and firefighters, delivered a new counterterrorism plan and strengthened drug driving laws.

Chris also served as 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.

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 election to Parliament he served as Adviser and Chief of Staff to the federal former Health Minister and Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, as Chief of Staff to former SA Health Minister John Hill and as an Associate Director at Deloitte Access Economics. His significant areas of policy work included the introduction of tobacco plain packaging and national public hospital funding reforms.

Chris lives in Port Noarlunga with his wife and young daughter. When he has time he enjoys spending time with his family at the beach, volunteer surf life saving at Moana and barracking for the Crows.


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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