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The Governor of Victoria

The current Governor is the Honourable Linda Marion Dessau AC. She is the first female to hold the office. She served as a judge of the family court of Australia from 1995 to 2013. The Governor is married to Tony Howard, a judge of the County Court of Victoria and has two sons.

Her father was a Polish migrant and her mother Sybil was born in Melbourne. After completing her graduation in Law from Melbourne University in 1973, Linda Dessau worked as a solicitor from 1974 to 1978 and barrister from 1979 to 1995.

The Governor is the Queen’s representative in Victoria. The governor performs both constitutional and ceremonial functions at the state level which includes, appointing Premier and ministers of Crown; giving royal assent to Acts; opening Parliament and Proclaiming operative date for Acts. The Governor also has the power to dissolve Parliament and call an election following a vote of no confidence in Government. The official residence of Victorian Governor is the Government house in Kings Domain.

The Governor is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Premier of Victoria. Linda Dessau was appointed Governor in 1 July 2015 for a term of 5 years. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has accepted the advice of the Premier, Daniel Andrews, to extend her term for a further three years. The Governor will remain in her role until 30 June 2023

Office of the Governor


Phone                  03 9655 4211

Fax Number       03 9650 9050

Email Address   info@govhouse.vic.gov.au

Website               governor.vic.gov.au

Address :   Government House, Government House Drive, Melbourne, Victoria, 3004

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