Office of the Governor

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Stay up to date with the latest news from the Office of the Governor and the Governor’s many patronage organisations.

Receiving Viv Molan and Emily Roper, Department of Premier and Cabinet
Receiving his excellency Mr Michel Goffin, Ambassador of Belgium

About us

The primary function of the Office is to provide personal, administrative and logistical support which enables the Governor to perform constitutional, ceremonial and community duties.

Congratulatory messages

Residents of Western Australia who are celebrating a significant birthday or wedding anniversary can receive a congratulatory message.

The Governor delivers his address
Government House gardens

The House and Gardens

Government House Ballroom and Gardens are available for use by eligible organisations within the community.

Australian Honours and Awards

The Australian Honours System, established in 1975, recognises the special contribution Australian citizens make to their communities locally, nationally, and internationally across a wide range of fields.

The Governor's role during court mourning and the ascension of the King.
Receiving His Excellency Mr Michel Goffin, Ambassador of Belgium


All forms related to the Governor’s program and the Office of the Governor.


Vacancies and related notices from the Governor’s Establishment.

Dinner event
Government House building

Annual reports

Each year the Governor’s Establishment produces a report which is tabled in State Parliament.

Former Governors

Appointed in 1828, Captain James Stirling was the first Governor of the Colony (now State) of Western Australia. Today, the former Governors have a combined length of service of more than 180 years.

Captain James Stirling
Historic photo of Government House


Since opening its doors in 1863, the present Government House has been the home of every Governor appointed to serve Western Australia.

Get to know Government House

Discover the unique features of the House and Grounds and the stories behind them.

Black and white image of the House

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.

Regional Visit Program

“Our strength is our people. Their creativity, hard work, community sense, education, endeavour and perseverance all go to making up who we are as Western Australians. I am looking forward to visiting different regions of the State and seeing what makes us tick. I know that in part it is our capacity for fun and kindness as well as hard work.”

With these words the Governor signaled his intention to spend time getting to know and appreciate the work of regional communities.


Vice Regal Patronage provides organisations with the name and prestige of the Vice Regal office. The granting of Vice Regal Patronage is determined according to certain criteria.

Independence Day Celebration

Lieutenant Governor

The Lieutenant Governor serves as deputy to the Governor of Western Australia and fulfills the functions of the Governor’s role in the Governor’s absence.

Independence Day Celebration


Invitations for the Governor to attend functions must be in writing, signed by the most senior member of the organisation and should be addressed to the Official Secretary.

Independence Day Celebration

Protocol Guidelines

There are certain procedures which are normally observed on Vice-Regal occasions. Government House has prepared a guide for those hosting events at which the Governor is present.

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