About the Governor

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC is the 26th Governor of Queensland and representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queensland’s Head of State. The Governor is appointed by The Queen upon advice provided to her by the Premier of Queensland.

The Commission of Appointment issued by The Queen provides the authority under which the Governor performs his duties. Many of these duties are formalised within the Queensland Constitution and Acts of the State Parliament. 

The Governor’s responsibilities

While the Governor does not participate in the political process, his main constitutional responsibility is to ensure Queensland enjoys stable government that commands the popular support of the Parliament.

More broadly, the Governor’s role encompasses a wide range of important duties and responsibilities including:

  • Constitutional and legal - such as appointing Ministers of the Crown and summoning and dissolving Parliament
  • Ceremonial - such as opening Parliament and presiding over important occasions such as ANZAC Day
  • Community - such as speaking at or opening community events and lending support and profile as Patron to community groups.