Her Majesty The Queen has issued a Message on the occasion of Commonwealth Day 2022

In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be devoted in service.

Today, it is rewarding to observe a modern, vibrant and connected Commonwealth that combines a wealth of history and tradition with the great

social, cultural and technological advances of our time. That the Commonwealth stands ever taller is a credit to all who have been involved.

We are nourished and sustained by our relationships and, throughout my life, I have enjoyed the privilege of hearing what the relationships built cross

the great reach and diversity of the Commonwealth have meant to people and communities.

Our family of nations continues to be a point of connection, cooperation and friendship. It is a place to come together to pursue common goals and the common good, providing everyone with the opportunity to serve and benefit. In these testing times, it is my hope that you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share, as we work together towards a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for all.

And on this special day for our family — in a year that will include the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the Commonwealth Games — I hope we can deepen our resolve to support and serve one another, and endeavour to ensure the Commonwealth remains an influential force for good in our world for many generations to come.

A statement from His Excellency the Governor upon the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh:

It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

Throughout his long life Prince Philip set an outstanding example of public service and dedication, leavened by a larrikin spirit which endeared him to many.

His charity work, especially the Duke of Edinburgh awards established in 1956, have directly benefitted many young Australians.

His Royal Highness’s support for Her Majesty the Queen in her role as sovereign was unstinting throughout a life lived together, from their courtship to his death, in the public eye.

I know I speak for many in extending my deepest sympathy to Her Majesty and all members of the Royal family and will be writing to Her Majesty to express our condolences.

Condolence books will be available at Government House for signature by members of the public from 9am, Saturday 10 April 2021.

Her Majesty The Queen has issued a Message on the occasion of Commonwealth Day 2021.

The text of Her Majesty’s Message can be found here.

Announcement of change to the National Anthem

His Excellency the Governor, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, has welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister, the Honourable Scott Morrison MP, that the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), approved a change in the words of the National Anthem from "for we are young and free" to "for we are one and free."

“The change recognises the fact that Australia is home to the longest continuing culture on the planet and at the same time makes a positive statement about the unity of all Australians, of whatever background or from wherever they may have come,” His Excellency said.

“I welcome the change as reflecting an evolution of Australia’s sense of itself and of its identity as a diverse yet inclusive modern nation."