Department of Human Services

Meet our Chief Executive

Meet our Chief Executive, Lois Boswell.

Lois has been leading DHS since early 2020. Confirmed in the role in September after having acted as Chief Executive for the majority of the year. Prior to then, Lois was our Deputy Chief Executive from 2016.

Lois is married to Don, has two adult children, a dog called Poppy, and she loves living in the city. Alongside a very busy job, Lois makes time (when she can!) for the other things she enjoys in life: scuba diving, travelling, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Above all, Lois is passionate about equality for all, and her diverse career has focussed on achieving equal rights and inclusion for people who are vulnerable or who experience exclusion.

Our Chief Executive is an experienced executive who has influenced many areas of public policy including development, planning, disability, mental health, equity, environment, child protection, further education and consumer affairs.

Lois was formerly the inaugural Chief Executive of the Lifetime Support Authority, South Australia's personal injury scheme providing long-term treatment, care and support for people who have received serious lifelong disabilities from motor vehicle accidents.

In the Department of Treasury and Finance, Lois led the Compulsory Third Party insurance reform project to change tort law damages, reduce premiums and create the new no-fault care system as part of the move towards a National Injury Insurance Scheme.

Her background also includes positions such as Executive Director of Cabinet Office, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier of South Australia, Social Impact Assessor for the Regional Forest Agreements, Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal Member, Community Legal Centre Manager and Chief of Staff to three Government Ministers.

Lois has also led the development of influential South Australian planning strategies, including the 2011 update of South Australia’s Strategic Plan and the 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, which received national recognition as the most advanced integrated Australian city plan.

As well as heading up our department, Lois is also Adjunct Professor with the University of South Australia.

Lois is a lawyer and the recipient of a LexisNexis Legal Research Prize for Torts. She also holds a Master of Applied Science in Social Ecology, in which she received the University Prize for Outstanding Research.

In 2013, she was recognised by the Governor of South Australia and inducted into the Women's Honour Roll.

Page last updated : 22 Jul 2021

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