The Governor

His Excellency the Honourable Christopher John Dawson AC APM

His Excellency the Honourable Chris Dawson AC APM was sworn in as the 34th Governor of Western Australia on 15 July 2022.

Governor’s role

The Governor of Western Australia is appointed by the King on the advice of the Premier. The Governor’s role is broad and includes responsibilities related to:

  • The Constitution
  • Ceremonial and celebratory Representation as Head of State in W.A
  • The community
  • Advocacy on behalf of the State

Mrs Darrilyn Dawson

Coming from a long line of farming families in the South West of WA, Mrs Darrilyn Dawson is a passionate supporter of the diverse contributions… Read More
Commonwealth Day Reception

Role of the Governor

The Governor is appointed by the King on the advice of the Premier. The Governor acts on the advice of the Premier, Ministers and Executive… Read More
The Governor speaks with the original founder of the Police Widows Guild, Ms Nonie Browner OAM.


The following notes are a helpful guide to understand what is expected at an event or function where the Governor is present.If you have any… Read More
The Governor and His Majesty King Charles III

Daily Program

Each year the Governor participates in a busy and varied program of constitutional, ceremonial, community, representational and advocacy activities throughout the State. The most significant… Read More
Aboriginal flag at Government House

Governor’s Priorities

In addition to the constitutional, ceremonial and representational roles, the Governor and Mrs Dawson have identified five key priorities of focus during the Governor's term… Read More
The Honourable Peter Quinlan

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. The… Read More


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… Read More
Kings Park War Memorial

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… Read More
The Governor delivers the Proclamation.

Selected Speeches

Evensong to mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III The King's Dinner hosted by the WA Loyal Societies ANZAC Day 2023 Commemorative Service… Read More
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