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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. 

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety and well-being of recipients and guests, the Investiture Ceremonies planned for September 2021 at Government House Sydney have been postponed.

Recipients will be contacted towards the end of 2021 with information regarding re-scheduled ceremonies.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19

Government House Sydney is an accredited COVID-safe organisation, complying with all relevant NSW Health Guidelines. 

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.

When

Ceremonies are held at 10am, 1pm, and 4pm on Investiture days.  Light refreshments are served following each ceremony.

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

Where

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 is provided with Entrée Cards posted two weeks prior to the Ceremony.

Arrival

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 invitation letters.

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.

Security

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

Parking

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.

Photography

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
SYDNEY NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9228 4111
Email: investiture@governor.nsw.gov.au

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