Skip to main content

Twice a year the Governor holds Investiture Ceremonies involving the presentation of honours and awards to citizens of the State of New South Wales included on the Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday Honours lists. Recipients are principally invested with awards under the Order of Australia, but there are also a number of Meritorious Service Awards and Bravery Decorations. 

Government House Sydney is conducting the 2021 Investiture Ceremonies in accordance with New South Wales Health advice with respect to COVID-19. As such, Government House is ensuring that the number of recipients and guests per ceremony complies with Government regulations and protects the health of our guests and staff. 

The next Investiture Ceremonies will be conducted on 7-10 September and 14-17 September at Government House. Entry is by invitation only.

On arrival, staff from Government House Sydney may conduct temperature checks of all guests.

Guests will also be required to affirm that they have not been identified as a close contact of anyone presently diagnosed with COVID-19, and that they are not experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms.

The wearing of face masks will be determined by regulations in force at the time. Hand sanitiser will be available throughout Government House.

Guests are asked to maintain 1.5 metre social distancing at all times, especially when not seated.

Frequently Asked Questions


Government House Sydney is an accredited COVID-safe organisation, complying with all relevant NSW Health Guidelines. With that in mind we request that if you or your guests are feeling unwell, displaying any signs or symptoms of a cold or flu, or are subject to Government-imposed restrictions on movement, please do not attend your ceremony. Rather, contact us on 02 9228 4111 to reschedule your Investiture.

Please note that depending on the level of Government advice, entry requirements may change, and/or ceremonies may be cancelled or postponed at short notice. Please check this website regularly for any updates.


Three ceremonies will be held at 10am, 1pm, and 4pm on Investiture days.  Light refreshments will follow each ceremony.

Five to six weeks prior to your allocated ceremony, you will receive an invitation to attend an Investiture Ceremony.


Government House Sydney, Macquarie Street Sydney. Entry is via the Government House Gates, Conservatorium Road (to the left of the Conservatorium of Music).

A map will be provided with Entrée Cards which will be posted two weeks prior to the Ceremony.


We would ask that you arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before your ceremony start time, and no later than 20 minutes prior to the start time.

Recipients are invited to attend their ceremony with two guests. Details are included in your invitation letter.

It is recommended that guests are 10 years of age or above.

Dress Code

The recommended dress code for Investiture Ceremonies is lounge suit or Service equivalent.

  • Women: uniform, day dress, skirt and jacket or pants suit (hats and gloves optional)
  • Men: uniform or suit with tie

Recipients attending in uniform are requested to wear service ribbons only. Recipients attending in civilian attire should not wear decorations. This we hope enables newly invested persons to have their most recent honour prominently displayed.

Other guests are encouraged to wear decorations if applicable.

Ceremony Length

Ceremonies including refreshments are approximately 90 mins in length.


Entry to Government House is by Entrée Card only (posted two weeks prior to Ceremony).


Car parking is available in grounds of Government House Sydney (booking is not required).

Special Requirements

Please contact us to discuss access for those with accessibility concerns or other special requirements.


No private photography is permitted during the Investiture Ceremony. An official photographer is engaged to capture all official images and information will be provided to you on the day about how you can obtain copies. You are welcome to take photographs during refreshments.

Live Streaming

Ceremonies will be live streamed via the Government House Sydney website on the Investiture Livestream page.

Inability to Attend 

If you are unable to attend following confirmation of your RSVP please advise Government House Sydney as soon as you are able. We will be able to discuss with you alternatives for receiving your insignia.

Contact Details

Protocol Team
Government House Sydney
Macquarie Street

Phone: (02) 9228 4111

Back to Top