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Governor of Western Australia
Badge of the Governor of Western Australia.svg
Badge of the Governor
Kerry Sanderson

since 20 October 2014
Style Her Excellency
Residence Government House, Perth
Appointer Australian monarch
Term length At His/Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation 6 February 1832
First holder Captain James Stirling
Website Office of the Governor

The Governor of Western Australia is the representative in Western Australia of the Queen of Australia, Elizabeth II. As with the other governors of the Australian states, the Governor of Western Australia performs important constitutional, ceremonial and community functions, including:

  • presiding over the Executive Council;
  • proroguing and dissolving the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council;
  • issuing writs for elections; and
  • appointing Ministers, Judges, Magistrates and Justices of the Peace.

Furthermore, all Bills passed by the Parliament of Western Australia require the Governor's signature before they become Acts and pass into law.

The current governor is Kerry Sanderson, who is the first woman to hold the position. She succeeded Malcolm McCusker in October 2014. Until the appointment of Sir James Mitchell in 1948, all governors of Western Australia had been British officials. After Mitchell's appointment, a further three Britons served as governor: Mitchell's two immediate successors, and then, from 1980 to 1983, Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Trowbridge, who was the last British governor of any Australian state.

Styles and titles

The Governor of Western Australia is styled Her Excellency during her term in office (or His Excellency, for a male governor). In August 2014, three of the four living past governors – John Sanderson, Ken Michael, and Malcolm McCusker – were given the title "The Honourable", on the recommendation of the premier. The other living former governor, Michael Jeffery, already held the title, in virtue of his later service as Governor-General of Australia.

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