• Adelaide

The Hon. Andrew McLachlan

Fellow of the Adelaide University Business School

Prior to Parliament


  • Andrew was born in Adelaide on 14 January 1966.

  • He was educated at St Peter’s College, Adelaide and the University of Adelaide and graduated from there in 1983 and 1987 respectively.

  • Andrew commenced practice as a lawyer in Adelaide, then moved to Port Augusta to provide legal services to the people living and working in the north of South Australia with the firm Johnston Withers.


  • On returning to Adelaide he specialised in superannuation, banking and finance law at Knox and Hargrave. This lead to his subsequent career in financial services.  Andrew worked as General Counsel & Manager Compliance at Tower Trust, Senior Executive at Tower Australia, Director at Bagot Trustees, Advisory Committee Member at Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund, CEO Fiduciary Services at IOOF, Non-Executive Director at Cavendish, Director at International Centre for Financial Services at the University of Adelaide, and Non-Executive Director at Bendzulla Professional Services.

  • Prior to his election to the Legislative Council of the Parliament of South Australia in March 2014, Andrew held senior leadership and executive positions in the financial services industry.


  • This included serving as the Director of the International Centre for Financial Services at the University of Adelaide, which was established to foster excellence in, and improve understanding of the Financial Services Industry, by providing research, education and undertaking industry engagement.


  • Andrew has also served on the national executive of the Trustee Corporations Association of Australia and on the compliance and investment boards of the Financial Services Council.



  • St John Ambulance

    • Andrew is a long-standing volunteer with St John Ambulance South Australia serving as Treasurer and Chairman.

    • Andrew has also served on the National Board of St John Ambulance.

    • Awarded Commander in The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem in 2014 for his services to St John.

    • In July 2018 Andrew was appointed as President of Operations Branch.


  • Army Reserve

    • Andrew is a Colonel in the Australian Army Reserve having served as a legal officer since 1993

    • Has had two deployments to Afghanistan. 

    • In 2007 he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for his services to the Army.

    • Andrew’s service in the Army inspired him to become a Legatee of Legacy

  • Legacy Club of Adelaide Inc.

    • Andrew is a Legatee


Parliamentary Life

  • In March 2014 Andrew was elected to the Legislative Council of South Australia

  • In May 2018 Andrew was elected as President of the Legislative Council



Andrew holds:

  • A Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide


  • A graduate diploma of legal practice from the South Australian Institute of Technology


  • A Master of Laws from the University of Edinburgh


  • A Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management, (University of New South Wales & University of Sydney)

  • In 2017 Andrew became a Visiting Fellow University of Adelaide Business School


Andrew is married with three boys









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