The Commissioner

Meet Helen

Helen Connolly took up appointment as South Australia’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People in April 2017.

Helen has 30 years’ experience as a leader in human services. Prior to her appointment she was the Executive Director of Australian Red Cross in SA and Chair of the South Australian Council of Social Services Inc (SACOSS). She is a long-time advocate for building respectful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations and has established networks and relationships through her position as Co-Chair of Reconciliation SA.

Throughout her career, Helen has taken an active advocacy role on the main policy issues that impact on the wellbeing of Australian families and children, with a strong focus on early intervention and prevention strategies.

Helen lives in Adelaide and has five adult children. Her favourite part of South Australia is Port Elliott on a sunny day.