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Order of Precedence

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An order or table of precedence defines the formal and ceremonial status of Members of Parliament, government officials, visiting dignitaries and the judiciary.

Western Australia has no official table of precedence, however a general pattern consistent with the Commonwealth and other states is usually followed, with a degree of flexibility allowing the circumstances of each event to be taken into consideration.

The Department's State Ceremonial and Events staff will assist with advice relating to precedence and the correct order of acknowledgment of dignitaries in speeches and at functions. It should be noted that each event is unique and precedence may vary depending on a variety of factors, including funding of a particular event or project, location of an event, hosts etc.

To request advice, please contact the State Ceremonial and Events unit.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.