About Us

We improve the welfare of children by supporting Grandcarers

Our Vision

All Grandcarers are empowered to provide a safe, secure and nurturing family environment where all children in their care can thrive.

Our Purpose

To provide comprehensive support to Grandcarers through financial assistance, personal support, information provision, and advocacy. We aim to empower Grandcarers to achieve positive outcomes for themselves and the children in their care.

Our Values

We believe that grandcarers who have taken on the role of primary carers for their kins’ children deserve our utmost respect, support, and assistance.

We are committed to these values

We also believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental values that must guide all of our work. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity that recognises and celebrates the unique perspectives, experiences, and identities of all grandcarers, including those from historically marginalised and under-represented communities.

To this end, we are also committed to these values

Nominations and Awards


Representatives of Grandcarers SA with the Andamooka Award, Dept. of Human Services CEO Sandy Pitcher (far left) and the Hon Nat Cook MP, Minister for Human Services (far right).

Our Patrons

Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC

Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC is a proud sixth-generation South Australian – her mother, the Honourable Jennifer Cashmore AM, was a South Australian parliamentarian and her late father, Ian, was a manager at Hills Industries.  Her late step‑father, Stewart Cockburn AM, was a distinguished Walkley award winning journalist.

Her Excellency studied economics at the University of Adelaide, while there becoming the first female captain of the rowing club in its 103 year history, and went on to join the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985.  She worked in Hong Kong during the early years of China’s reform and opening, eventually becoming Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2011-2015.

In 2016, Her Excellency was appointed head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, pursuing Australia’s interests as world powers shifted and the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.  She also led the department through a period of cultural change, encouraging more women into senior ranks.

She has also been International Adviser to the Prime Minister and Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister and Defence Minister.

In June 2021 Her Excellency was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to public administration through the advancement of Australia’s diplomatic, trade and cultural interests, particularly with the People’s Republic of China and the Indo-Pacific region, to innovative foreign policy development and high level program delivery, and as the 36th Governor appointed in South Australia.

Her Excellency is married to Mr Rod Bunten, a former British diplomat and high school teacher. They have four adult children and a cavoodle, Alfie.

Mr Rod Bunten


Mr Bunten grew up in Cornwall and Gloucestershire. He studied Physics as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Oxford.

In 1984, he joined the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and began a successful career as a diplomat, undertaking postings in New York, Taiwan and Canberra. He met Her Excellency the Governor, then an Australian diplomat, while they were both posted in Hong Kong.

In 2009 Mr Bunten left the FCO and, after completing a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at the University of Canberra, commenced a second career as a secondary school teacher of physics and mathematics.

For the next decade he taught at Melba Copland Secondary School, pausing from 2012-2015 when he accompanied Her Excellency to China, where she was Australian Ambassador.

Mr Bunten has also been a tutor to students at the Australian Defence Force Academy and Canberra University.

Mr Bunten is father to four adult children.

Our Ambassadors

Mrs Lan Le

Mrs Le was until recently our Patron, whilst her husband was Governor of South Australia.   Mrs Le is enthusiastic about the role of Ambassador and looks forward to participating in activities associated with Grandcarers and their Grandchildren.

We see it as an honour that Mrs Le wishes to continue the relationship with Grandcarers SA, and are naturally excited for her future involvement given her genuine interest in the role grandparents play in society, particularly as primary carers.

Jane Reilly OAM

Jane Reilly OAM is one of South Australia’s most recognized and loved media presenters having enjoyed a distinguished media career spanning four decades.

During her illustrious media career Jane won the 1984 South Australian TV Week Logie Award for Most Popular Female Personality and has been awarded numerous national media awards.

In August 2015 she received an Order of Australia Medal for services to the broadcast media and charitable groups.

After 44 years working in the South Australian media she recently retired from the Fiveaa Radio Breakfast Team, where she was the program’s roving reporter.

Jane currently fills her days with her many hobbies and family life, including being “Nana” to Oscar and Hugo and “Jane” to her 5 step-grandchildren.