How to Address Australian Officials

How to Address the Governor General?

How do I address the Governor General of Australia? Is he an Excellency or a Right Honorable?
———————– MEH, Lowell, MA

Dear MEH:
The Governor-General of Australia is addressed as His/Her Excellency denoting his/her rank the vice-royal representative of the monarch to a Commonwealth nation.  The Governor-General is the chief-of-state when the monarch is not in Australia.

In writing, on an envelope:
—-—-His/Her Excellency
—-—-(Name) (post nominals decorations)
—-—-Governor General of Australia
—-—-(Address)

—-In conversation:
—-—-Your Excellency.

— Robert Hickey     How to Address Australian Officials

How to Address a Senator?

President of the Senate

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-Senator the Honourable
—-—-(Full name)
—-—-President of the Senate
—-—-The Senate
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Mr./Madame President:

—-Conversation:
—-—-Mr./Madame President
—-—-President
—-—-—-or
—-—-Senator (surname)

  How to Address Australian Officials

Senator

—-Example:
—-—-(Full name), senator for (state)

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-Senator (full name)
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Senator:
—-—-—-or
—-—-Dear Senator (surname):

—-Conversation, initially:
—-—-Senator (surname)
—-Conversation, subsequently:
—-—-Senator

– Robert Hickey

Forms of Address: How a conversation begins can have a huge impact on how the conversation - even the entire relationship - develops.

How to Address State Officials

Governor

Examples:
—-(Full name), AC
—-Professor (full name), AC
—-Dr. (full name), AM
—-Rear Admiral (full name), AO, CSC, RANR
—-The Honourable (full name), AC

NOTE: A former governor does not continue to use the courtesy title the Honourable after leaving office. Address with Mr./Mrs./etc., a rank or title as appropriate, and identify as a former governor of (state). Some former officeholders may be knighted: Use Sir/Dame before the name.

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-His/Her Excellency
—-—-(Honorific, rank or title) (full name), (post-nominals as appropriate)
—-—-Governor
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Your Excellency:

—-Conversation:
—-—-Your Excellency

—-Conversation, less formal:
—-—-(Honorific, rank or title) (surname)
—-——–or
—-—-Governor

Conversation, subsequently:
—-—-Sir
—-—-—-or
—-—-ma’am

  How to Address Australian Officials

Premier

Example:
—-(Full name), MLA
—-Sir (full name), MHA
—-Dr. (full name), MHA

NOTE 1: Outside of a legislative session, a premier may be addressed as Mr./Mrs./etc. (surname) and identified as a the premier.

NOTE 2: A former premier does not continue to be addressed as the Honourable because of his or her service as premier. However, a former premier may retain use of the Honourable on a case-by-case basis. Check for the individual situation. Otherwise, address as Mr./Mrs./etc. (name) and identify as the former premier of (state).

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-The Honourable
—-—-(Special honorific if provided) (full name), (post-nominals)
—-—-Premier
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Premier:

—-Conversation, initially:
—-—-Premier (surname)
—-—-—-OR
—-—-Premier

—-Conversation, subsequently:
—-—-Sir
—-—-—-or 
—-—-ma’am”

  How to Address Australian Officials

Australian,  British and Canadian forms of address are related.
See note on use of British spelling in honourable and right honourable.

Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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