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TABLE OF PRECEDENCE

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Below is a transcript of the Table of Precedence for The Commonwealth of Australia published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. S 206 dated Tuesday, 5 October 1982.

Click here to view a copy of the Gazette No. S 206 dated Tuesday, 5 October 1982. Each State also has its own Table of Precedence.

Table of Precedence


Government House
Canberra 2600
1 October 1982

His Excellency the Governor-General has been notified that Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased, on the advice of Her Majesty's Australian Ministers, to approve the following Table of Precedence. The Table of Precedence notified in the Australian Government Gazette No. S 21, dated 17 February 1977, as amended by the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. S 53, dated 29 March 1979, is hereby cancelled.

  1. The Governor-General.

    1. The Governor of the State.

    2. Governors of the other States according to the date of appointment.

      Note: A Lieutenant-Governor of a State who is not also Chief Justice shall, when not administering the Government of the State, have, within the State, precedence immediately after the Chief Justice of the State.

    3. The Administrators of the Northern Territory and of Norfolk Island within their own Territories.

  2. The Prime Minister.

  3. The Premier within his own State. The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory and the Chief Minister of Norfolk Island within their own Territories.

  4. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives according to the date of appointment; if they are appointed at the same time, the President shall have precedence.

  5. The Chief Justice of Australia.

    1. Ambassadors and High Commissioners according to the date of presentation of their Letters of Credence or Commission, or, in the case of High Commissioners who do not present Letters of Commission, according to their date of arrival in Canberra.

    2. Charges d'Affaires en pied or en titre according to the date of presentation of their Letters of Credence.

    3. Charges d'Affaires and Acting High Commissioners according to the date of assumption of duties.

  6. Members of the Federal Executive Council under summons.

  7. The Administrators of the Northern Territory and of Norfolk Island.

  8. The Leader of the Opposition.

    1. Former Governors-General according to the date of leaving office

    2. Former Prime Ministers according to the date of leaving office.

    3. Former Chief Justices of Australia according to the date of leaving office.

  9. The Premiers of the States according to the population of their respective States and then the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory and of Norfolk Island.

  10. The Lord Mayor within his City.

  11. Justices of the High Court according to seniority.

    1. The Chief Judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

    2. The President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.

  12. The Chief Justice of the State and, after him, the other Chief Justices according to seniority.

  13. Privy Counsellors.

  14. The Chief of Defence Force Staff.

  15. Chief Judges of Federal and Territory Courts according to the respective dates of first appointment to any one of those offices.

  16. Members of the Parliament of the Commonwealth.

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

  18. Lord Mayors of capital cities according to population.

  19. Heads of religious communities according to the date of assuming office in Australia.

  20. Presiding Officer or Offices of the State legislature and after him or them, the Presiding Officers of the other State legislatures according to the date of their appointment, then the Presiding Officers of the Northern Territory and the Norfolk Island legislatures.

  21. Members of the State Executive Council under summons to the Council and, after them, the Members of the other State Executive Councils according to the population of their States, then the Members of the Executive Council of the Northern Territory.

  22. The Leader of the Opposition in the State and, after him, the Leaders of the Opposition in the other States according to the population of their States, then the Leader of the Opposition in the Northern Territory.

  23. Judges of the State and Territory Supreme Courts according to seniority.

  24. Members of the Federal Executive Council not under summons.

  25. Members of the State legislature and, after them, members of the other State legislatures according to the populations of their States, then members of the Legislative Assemblies of the Northern Territory and of Norfolk Island.

  26. The Permanent Heads of Departments of the Australian Public Service and their peers and the Chiefs of the Australian Naval, General, and Air Staffs, according to the date of first appointment to an office within this group.

  27. Consuls-General, Consuls and Vice-Consuls according to the date on which recognition was granted.

  28. Members of the House of Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory.

  29. Recipients of decorations and honours taking precedence over Knights Bachelor and Knights of various Orders (including Knights Bachelor), all according to precedence promulgated in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette.


Note:

A person acting on behalf of any of the foregoing shall enjoy the precedence of the person for whom he is acting with the understanding that, where there is more than one person in the class the person acting on behalf of another will take the precedence after other persons in that class who are attending in their own right.

A married couple shall enjoy the precedence of the spouse with the higher precedence and a husband or wife shall enjoy the precedence of the spouse.


By His Excellency's Command
DAVID I. SMITH
Official Secretary
Governor-General