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Governor of Western Australia
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Kim Beazley

since 1 May 2018
Style His Excellency the Honourable
Residence Government House, Perth
Seat Perth
Nominator Premier of Western Australia
Appointer Monarch of Australia
on the advice of the Premier
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
(usually 5 years by convention)
Formation 6 February 1832
First holder Captain James Stirling

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

Furthermore, all Bills passed by the Parliament of Western Australia require the governor's signature before they become Acts and pass into law. However, since convention almost always requires the governor to act on the advice of the premier and the Cabinet, such approval is almost always a formality.

The current governor is Kim Beazley. He succeeded Kerry Sanderson, who was the first woman to hold the position, in May 2018.

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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