His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove


to the official website of the Governor-General,
His Excellency General the Honourable
Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)

Since 1901, the Governor-General has played an important role in Australian national life.  This website provides information about the Governor-General’s constitutional, ceremonial and community responsibilities, and his role as Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Defence Force.  You will also find information about the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General, including the Honours and Awards Secretariat, and details of the Governor-General’s program, photographs, speeches and media releases.


12 February 2015

40th anniversary of the Australian Honours system
Saturday, 14 February 2015, marks the 40th anniversary of the Australian Honours system, the nation’s own unique and distinctive system of honours and awards, to recognise those who make a significant contribution or provide worthy service to the community. Read 40 facts about the Australian Honours system.


6 March 2015

Aquis Brumbies v Western Force Super Rugby match

5 March 2015

International Women’s Day lunch; Reception for the Canberra Hospital Foundation; Departure from Australia of The King and Queen of Norway

4 March 2015

Call by the Prime Minister; Dinner for State and Territory Official Secretaries

3 March 2015

Eisenhower School morning tea; Parliamentary delegation from Fiji; Alzheimer’s Australia Consumer Summit reception

25 February 2015

At Regatta Point, Canberra, the Governor-General, as guest of the President of Gift of Life Inc., Mr David O’Leary, participated in the Gift of Life DonateLife walk to promote organ and tissue donation.
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23 February 2015

At Government House, Canberra, the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove hosted a Ceremonial Welcome for Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, before meeting with The King and Queen and holding a State Lunch in their honour.
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22 February 2015

At the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove, as guests of the Chairman of the Council for the Australian War Memorial, Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Retd), attended the official re-opening of the ‘Australia In The Great War’ gallery.
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18 February 2015

At the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, the Governor-General, as Patron-in-Chief, and Lady Cosgrove, attended the General Sir John Monash Foundation Scholarship Ceremony, at which the Governor-General presented the 2015 awards.
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