Grace Portolesi

  • Member for Hartley
  • Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills
  • Minister for Science and Information Economy
  • Member of the Executive Council


Grace is the member for Hartley, having won the seat at the 2006 state election.

Grace grew up in Adelaide as the youngest child of a large migrant Italian family.

In the early 1990s, Grace moved to Queensland where she worked as an advisor to then-Premier of Queensland Wayne Goss. She returned to Adelaide some years later and when Labor won government in 2002 worked for then-Minister for Families and Community Services Jay Weatherill.

Grace has been a vocal supporter of paid maternity leave, and established a select committee on work/life balance in her first year as the Member for Hartley. She dedicated her election in 2006 to 'working mums'.

In her first year in office she also introduced a private member's bill to protect patients' medical records after she was made aware that a landlord in her electorate was withholding 10,000 confidential records as part of a tenancy dispute. This bill was passed successfully.

Grace continues to work hard for the local community with recent campaigns to ensure the continuation of weekly rubbish collections; protests against the sale of the iconic Chelsea Cinema and lobbying for the installation of a pedestrian crossing on busy Lower North East Road, Campbelltown.

Grace is married with a young family, and lives in Kensington Park.

Electorate Profile - Hartley

John Anderson Hartley (1844-1896) was the first chief executive of the system of compulsory education established for the Province in 1875. For two decades he shaped the course of the public education system in South Australia and contributed textbooks, a children's magazine and regulations for education staff in a constant endeavour to improve standards.

Area: approx. 14.3km2

Location: To the east of Adelaide some 5 km from the CBD, bounded by the River Torrens/Karrawirra Parri in the north-west, it includes mostly residential suburbs.\

History: The district was created at the 1976 redistribution of electoral boundaries. Minor changes were made to the boundaries at the 2003 redistribution.


  • Electorate Office: 25A Montacute Road, 

    Campbelltown SA 5074

    Postal Address:

    PO Box 2158

    Felixstow SA 5070

  • 8365 1341
  • 8365 3421
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