About the Governor
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC CVO 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.
His Excellency's original five-year term commenced on 29 July 2014. In November 2018, the Premier of Queensland, the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, announced The Queen had agreed to extend the appointment by two years, through to 29 July 2021.
In June 2021, the Premier announced a further extension of His Excellency's term through to 1 November 2021, when Dr Jeannette Young PSM will be sworn in as Queensland's 27th Governor.
The original 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.
Role of the Governor
Queensland’s first Governor was appointed in 1859 when Queensland was separated from New South Wales as a self-governing colony. At the time, Queensland did not have a substantive government, so Governor George Bowen ruled alongside Colonial Secretary, R. G. W. Herbert, who later became Queensland’s first Premier in 1860.
In modern day Queensland, while the Governor does not participate in the political process, the Governor acts upon the advice given by members of Executive Council. He or she performs a number of important duties that ensures Queensland enjoys a stable Parliament and political process.
Constitutional and Legal
- In accordance with the Constitution of Queensland 2001, the Governor’s key constitutional and legal duties include:
- Presiding over meetings of the Executive Council
- Providing the approval required within the constitution to give legal effect to many of the decisions and actions of Government
- Summoning, proroguing and dissolving Parliament on the advice of the Premier
- Giving Royal Assent to Bills passed by the Parliament
- Appointing all Ministers of the Crown and appointing and removing officials, on the advice of the Executive Council
- Issuing writs for Queensland State Elections and for the election of Queensland representatives in the Australian Senate, on the advice of the Executive Council
- In the name of The Queen, granting a pardon or commutation of sentence or reprieve of the carrying out of a sentence to an offender, or the remission of a fine or penalty.
The Governor officiates at a range of important ceremonial and celebratory occasions and commemorations. A selection of the Governor’s important ceremonial duties include:
- Officiating at Parliamentary events such as the opening of Parliament
- Representation at military parades, remembrance ceremonies and special occasions of state and national significance
- Hosting a series of investiture ceremonies at Government House to confer Queensland awards and honours.
The Governor supports many organisations and programs across the State through a program of community engagement. The Governor’s duties include:
- An extensive program of travel throughout the State to major centres and regional and remote communities
- Using a platform for advocacy to provide patronage to a diverse range of Queensland groups through a program of community engagement
- A wide-ranging program of activity such as visits, speeches, receptions, and celebrations of many milestones and anniversaries throughout the State.