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Event Starter Guide 2017

Protocol

The Table of Precedence NSW

Some events will require consideration of a range of protocol elements. For example, you may have certain dignitaries in attendance at your event. Knowing the order and status in which you formally and/or ceremonially address them is important.

The NSW Table of Precedence below represents the formal and ceremonial status of members of Parliament, Government and the Judiciary. (Note that each state has their own table of precedence.)

1

The Governor-General

2

The Governor or Lieutenant-Governor administering the Government

3

The Premier

4

The Prime Minister

5

The Lieutenant-Governor if not administering the Government

6

The Chief Justice

7

(a) Foreign Ambassadors and High Commissioners

(b) Foreign Ministers and Envoys

8

State Executive Councillors

9

The Anglican and Roman Catholic Archbishops of Sydney (according to date of appointment)

10

The President of the Legislative Council

11

The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly

12

(a) Former Governors-General according to the date of leaving office

(b) Former Governors of NSW according to the date of leaving office

(c) Former Premiers of NSW according to the date of leaving office

(d) Former Prime Ministers according to the date of leaving office

13

The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia according to the date of appointment

14

The Chief Justice of Australia

15

Leader of the State Opposition

16

Federal Executive Councillors

17

Justices of the High Court of Australia

18

Judges of the Supreme Court and Judges with Supreme Court status in order of appointment

19

The Chief Judges of Federal Courts of Australia and the President of the Australian

20

Conciliation and Arbitration Commission according to date of seniority

21

Privy Councillors

22

The Lord Mayor of Sydney

23

The Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet

24

Members of the Legislative Council

25

Members of the Legislative Assembly

26

Members of the Parliament of the Commonwealth

27

Other Judges of Federal Courts and Deputy Presidents of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission according to the respective dates of first appointment to one of those offices

28

Senior Officers in NSW of the Naval, Military and Air Forces according to seniority

29

Heads of Religious communities according the date of assuming office in NSW

30

Chief Executive Officers of NSW Government Departments and Authorities

31

(a) Heads of Consular Missions according to their seniority in the Consular Corps in NSW

(b) Trade Commissioners

32

Recipients of Australian and British decorations and honours taking precedence over Officers of the Order of Australia, all according to the precedence of those awards

33

Judges of the District Court and Judges with District Court status

34

Ex-Ministers of the State and persons authorised to retain the prefix "Honourable"

Forms of address

If you are inviting members of Parliament, Government and the Judiciary to your event, it is important to have an understanding of the correct forms of address. The following tables provide a summary of these:

1. Vice Regal Party

Position

Introduction

Commence Speech

Subsequently

Governor-General

His/Her Excellency

(title and/or name) The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

Your Excellency

Sir/Madam

Partner of the Governor-General

His/Her Excellency

(title and/or name)

Your Excellency

Sir/Madam

Governor of NSW

His/Her Excellency

(title and/or name) The Governor of New South Wales

Your Excellency

Sir/Madam

Partner of the Governor of NSW

Addressed by their title and/or name

Addressed by their title and/or name

Addressed by their title and/or name

2. Members of Parliament

Position

Introduction

Commence Speech

Subsequently

Prime Minister

The Honourable (name) Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia

Prime Minister

Prime Minister

Commonwealth Ministers

The Honourable (if members of the Privy Council) or The Honourable (name) Minister for…

Minister

Minister

Members of the House of Representatives

Title and name

If a Minister

Minister for…

Minister

Minister

Members of the Senate

Senator (name)

Minister for…(if a Minister)

Senator

Senator

State Premier of NSW

The Honourable (name) Premier of New South Wales

Premier

Premier

State Ministers

The Honourable (name) Minister for…

Minister

Minister

Members of the Legislative Council

(if not a Minister)

The Honourable (name)

Mr/Mrs/Ms (name)

Mr/Mrs/Ms (name)

Members of the Legislative Assembly (if not a Minister)

Mr/Mrs (name)

Mr/Mrs/Ms (name)

Mr/Mrs/Ms (name)

3. Diplomatic and Consular Corps

Position

Introduction

Commence Speech

Subsequently

Ambassador

His/Her Excellency (title and name) Ambassador of (country)

Your Excellency

Ambassador

High Commissioner

His/Her Excellency (title and name) High Commissioner for (country)

Your Excellency

High Commissioner

Consul General

(title and name) the Consul General of

Consul General

Consul General or (title and name)

Consul

(title and name) the Consul of

Consul

Consul or (title and name)

4. Local Government

Position

Introduction

Commence Speech

Subsequently

Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor (of city…) (name)

Lord Mayor

Lord Mayor

Mayor

The Mayor (of town…)

(name)

Mayor

Mayor

Shire President

Councillor (name) President of the…(Shire)

Councillor (name)

Councillor (name)

Alderman or Councillor

Alderman/Councillor  (name)

Councillor (name)

Councillor (name)

Notes:

  • Post-nominals and initials are not used when introducing guests e.g. The Shire President of the whole Gallahganbone Shire, Councillor Chris. Sladeshield, AM would be introduced as “Councillor Chris Sladeshield, Shire President of the Gallahganbone Shire.”
  • Ministers who are senators are addressed as “The Minister for………Senator, (name)

5. Ministers of Religion

Position

Introduction

Commence Speech

Subsequently

Archbishop (Anglican)

The Most Reverend

The Archbishop of…

Your Grace or Archbishop

Your Grace or Archbishop

Archbishop (Roman Catholic)

His/Her Grace, The Most Reverend, Archbishop of…

Your Grace or Archbishop

Your Grace or Archbishop

Archbishop

(Greek Orthodox)

The Most Reverend Archbishop

Your Eminence

Your Grace or Archbishop

Bishop

(Anglican)

The Right Reverend The Bishop of…

Bishop

Bishop

Bishop

(Roman Catholic)

The Most Reverend, Bishop of…

Dear Bishop

My Lord

Bishop

(Greek Orthodox)

The Right Reverend Bishop

Your Grace

Your Grace or Bishop

Cardinal

His Eminence Cardinal (name)

Your Eminence

Your Eminence

Archdeacon

The Venerable

The Archdeacon

of…

Archdeacon

Archdeacon

Dean

The Very Reverend

The Dean of…

Dean

Dean

Monsignor

The Reverend Monsignor (name)

Monsignor

Monsignor

Priest

The Reverend Father (name)

Reverend Father

Father

6. Members of the Armed Forces

Position

Introduction

Commence Speech

Subsequently

Rank

e.g. Commodore, Major General, Air Vice- Marshal

Rank, then name, then appointment, then Branch of Service

Sir/Ma’am

Sir/Ma’am

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