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Governor of South Australia
Badge of the Governor of South Australia.svg
Badge of the Governor
Hieu Van Le 2015.jpg
Incumbent
Hieu Van Le

since 1 September 2014
Viceroy
Style His Excellency
Residence Government House, Adelaide
Appointer Australian monarch
Term length At His/Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation 28 December 1836
First holder Captain John Hindmarsh
Website Office of the Governor
Flag of the Governor of South Australia
Standard of the Governor of South Australia
Flag of the Governor of South Australia 1904-1975
Standard of the Governor 1904–1975
Flag of the Governor of South Australia 1870-1876
Standard of the Governor 1870–1876

The Governor of South Australia is the representative in the Australian state of South Australia of Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. The Governor performs the same constitutional and ceremonial functions at the state level as does the Governor-General of Australia at the national level. The Governor's official residence is Government House, in Adelaide, the state's capital.

In accordance with the conventions of the Westminster system of parliamentary government, the Governor nearly always acts solely on the advice of the head of the elected government, the Premier of South Australia. Nevertheless, the Governor retains the reserve powers of the Crown, and has the right to dismiss the Premier. The Westminster system is a form of constitutional monarchy.

The first Australian-born Governor of South Australia was Major-General Sir James Harrison (appointed 1968), and most subsequent governors have been Australian-born. The first South Australian-born governor was Sir Mark Oliphant (appointed 1971).

The current governor is Hieu Van Le. The term of the previous governor, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, expired on 7 August 2014.

As from June 2014, the Queen, upon the recommendation of the Premier, accorded all current, future and living former Governors the title 'The Honourable' for life.

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