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About Us

We are well known in South Australia for the Will making, trustee, and estate administration services we have always provided. It is through the delivery of these services that we have developed the reputation for trust and reliability.

Today, we are a multi-disciplined Government Business Enterprise and an agency of the South Australian Attorney-General’s Department and we are committed to the continuous improvement of the services we offer to the South Australian community.


We provide financial and administrative services to eligible South Australians. We help those who cannot manage their own affairs, and those who have trusted us to assist them.

Our History

Public Trustee was founded on 1 January 1881 by the State Government to oversee the safe and economic administration of deceased estates. Over the years, although deceased estate administration and trusts have remained core business activities, we have grown and assumed additional responsibilities.

These additional responsibilities have expanded, particularly in the area of Personal Financial Administration where some members of the community need our support to manage their financial affairs.   This reflects South Australia’s ageing population, an increase in the number of people who no longer have capacity to manage their own financial affairs and people living in the community with a disability or mental health issues.