Government House, Western Australia

Grand late-1800s governor’s residence, with self-guided tours of the home & elaborate gardens. The Governor is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Premier. The Governor acts on the advice of the Premier, Ministers and Executive Council.

The Governor’s role is broad and includes:

Constitutional responsibilities
Ceremonial duties
Community engagement
Advocacy on behalf of the State
The constitutional laws of Western Australia provide for a Governor to represent the Sovereign (currently Queen Elizabeth II) as the Head of State. Each Australian state has a Governor, with a Governor-General overseeing the Commonwealth of Australia.

Although the Governor is appointed by the Queen, as her representative, the Governor is no longer subject to the control, supervision or veto of the Sovereign or the United Kingdom Government, since the Australia Acts were passed in 1986 by the Commonwealth Parliament and the Parliament of the United Kingdom, at the request of all State Parliaments.The Governor may however be dismissed only by the Sovereign on the advice of the Premier.

The Governor, as the representative of the Head of State, and Government House have played a central role in the ongoing development of Western Australia since 1829. We believe the primary role of Government House is to serve the community. In addition the Governor holds an advocacy role emphasising excellence in WA. We acknowledge the original custodians of the land of the House, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, and their continuing connection to the land. We pay our respects to all members of Aboriginal communities throughout Western Australia and their cultures; and to Elders past and present.

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