Anna Russo

Aboriginal Heritage and Repatriation Manager

08 8207 7449

Anna joined the South Australian Museum in February 2018 as the Aboriginal Heritage and Repatriation Manager. Her role is to coordinate consultation with Aboriginal communities affected by repatriation of Aboriginal ancestral remains held at the South Australian Museum. Guided by an Aboriginal Reference Group, Anna has led the redevelopment of new ancestral remains and repatriation policy and works closely with Aboriginal representative bodies to establish repatriation plans.

Between 2012 and early 2018, Anna held leadership positions in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation as the Principal Project Officer (Heritage), Project Manager Heritage Implementation and Manager of the Aboriginal Heritage Team.

Prior to joining Aboriginal Affairs, Anna worked at the University of South Australia, supporting the university’s most senior leaders in the strategic development, implementation and evaluation of academic and student engagement priorities.

Anna’s knowledge of Aboriginal heritage legislation, experience in policy and strategy development and engaging relationships with Aboriginal community members are a great asset to the South Australian Museum’s current agenda of reframing the museum as a site of Reconciliation.



  • Bachelor of Design, University of South Australia. (1992)
  • Graduate Diploma Applied Science (Cultural Heritage Management), University of Canberra (1999)


  1. Thomas, R. Leek, V. Russo, A. and Hobbs-Stroud, J. (2015). It gets pretty hot out in the desert: The challenge of protecting intangible Aboriginal heritage in South Australia. Paper presented at Fabric 2015. Australia ICOMOS Conference. November 5-8, 2015. Adelaide, Australia.