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The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General

The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General supports the Governor-General to fulfil his duties.

This includes:

  • Planning and managing the Governor-General’s program
  • Management and maintenance of the official household and two official residences, Government House and Admiralty House
  • Administration of the Australian Honours and Awards system.

The Office's Organisational structure is available here.

What we do

  • Provide high standard advice and service delivery to the Governor-General and stakeholders
  • Deliver effective governance and management arrangements in support of the official duties of the Governor-General, which include constitutional, ceremonial, community and Commander-in-Chief responsibilities
  • Ensure efficient and effective stewardship of the properties in accordance with heritage requirements and approved capital works and maintenance programs
  • Educate and inform Australians about the role of the Governor-General
  • Deliver efficient and effective administration of the Australian honours and awards system

Why we do it

  • We support the Governor-General to reinforce the nation’s shared values, promote community cohesion and represent Australia’s broad national interests here and overseas
  • We value the opportunity to contribute towards building a stronger, more resilient and harmonious society
  • To enhance and contemporise the impact of the Governor-General’s role in modern Australia
  • To celebrate and acknowledge community achievement.