Vice Regal Patronage provides organisations the name and prestige of the Vice Regal office. As of 2012 the Governor is Patron of more than 360 organisations in New South Wales. The granting of Vice Regal Patronage is determined according to certain criteria.
Patronages are not granted to organisations of a political connection and seldom to those of sectarian connections, to newly formed organisations which have not yet proved themselves, to those which are purely commercial or to branches of any wider organisation which has its headquarters in New South Wales.
In whatever capacity the Governor is associated with a New South Wales organisation (whether Patron, Honorary Commodore, etc), her name must head the list of those associated, with the exception of the name of The Queen.
Since the Governor is Her Majesty’s representative only within New South Wales, her Vice Regal Patronage does not extend to organisations or functions outside the State, except under her own name as a private individual.
Vice Regal Patronage cannot be shared with anybody but The Queen or another Vice Regal person. If an organisation seeking Vice Regal Patronage already has a patron or patrons, they must be prepared to become Vice Patrons.
The Governor’s association with public appeals for money should be strictly limited. It is not proper for the Office of the Governor to be seen as being used for the collection of money.
The grant of Patronage applies only for the period during which the Governor holds office.