The Governor’s Priorities
The Governor’s priorities are to work for the betterment of the State of Western Australia and all members of its communities through engagement, support and advocacy.
As outlined at his swearing-in, advocating for Western Australia’s interests will be a key focus of the Governor’s activities during his term, in addition to the traditional functions of the vice regal role.
Read the Governor’s swearing-in speech
“We are privileged to share this land with the oldest continuous civilisation on earth. Their happiness and dignity should be at the forefront of our thinking.
We are a clever people with major achievements in medicine, bio-sciences, radio astronomy and energy related technologies. Likewise in information technology. We lead globally in minerals and energy… We also lead in software for the world’s mining industry.
We need advocates for our capacities in these and many other areas, including defence industry and service industries such as education, media and tourism.
I am grateful the Premier has suggested to me, I should perform an advocacy role for the State’s capabilities. A daunting but critical challenge.”
The Governor’s priority areas
Shortly after he was sworn-in, the Honourable Kim Beazley AC announced the following priority areas:
- Ensuring that the state, national and international communities understand the critical roles the Western Australian minerals and energy, agricultural and fishing industries play in generating economic growth and development.
- Furthering understanding and promoting the well-being of our Aboriginal populations.
- Advocating for the State as a rich and vibrant arts, cultural, educational and tourism destination.
- Supporting the health system of WA in its research and provision of services to all sectors of the community.
- Promoting education, including the importance of STEAM and the capacity of our tertiary institutions to engage internationally in education, training and research.
- Championing Western Australian achievements in technology and development, particularly in the defence and space industries.
New priorities in a post-COVID environment
The COVID-19 pandemic has now dramatically altered the environment in which we operate. It has had a significant impact on Western Australia, the nation and the world more broadly.
The Governor’s priorities are now underpinned by on overarching vision post-COVID, with particular emphasis to be placed on the following areas:
- Ongoing communication and engagement with Patronages and community organisations directly impacted by COVID-19.
- Contribution to, and encouragement of, community well-being and reassurance through the enhanced utilisation of Government House and the Grounds.
- The monitoring and support of social and economic recovery efforts within Western Australia.
- Contribution to the promotion and enhanced awareness of Western Australia’s domestic capabilities.
- Supporting the health system of W.A. in its research and provision of services to all sectors of the community.
- Promoting education including the importance of both science and arts education in schools and the capacity of our tertiary institutions to engage internationally in education, training and research.
- Championing Western Australian achievements in technology and development and the state’s capacity to contribute to international research efforts such as the Square Kilometre Array and emerging Defence technologies.
- Regularly, engage with rural and regional communities.
- Acknowledge and celebrate the volunteers and community members who contribute so much to all aspects of community life.
- Make Government House, its facilities and beautiful grounds available to the public, to organisations and charities for community events, conferences and special occasions.