Vice-Regal Patronages

Vice-regal patronage is an important way to help recognise the activities and achievements of an organisation.

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove act as Patron to over 200 organisations working across diverse sectors such as health, children and families, Indigenous people, regional Australia, education, the arts, defence and services.

As Patrons, the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove participate in a range of engagements with their respective patronages, including:

  • attending functions and other official events to recognise staff, volunteers and donors
  • undertaking site visits, meeting clients, and assisting with service delivery; and
  • hosting receptions and providing hospitality at Government House and Admiralty House.

Vice-regal patronage ceases when the Governor-General and spouse leave office. 

Applying for Vice-Regal patronage

With the transition of Governors-General expected in June 2019, organisations are welcome to invite the Governor-General designate, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), or his wife, Mrs Linda Hurley, to consider becoming Patron when they commence in the role. 
Organisations seeking for Vice-Regal patronage should demonstrate: 
  • a clear focus on relevant issues or interests of national significance
  • a significant record of achievement over at least five years; and
  • sound financial management and strong governance arrangements.
The Governor-General will not accept invitations for patronage from professional bodies, non-incorporated entities (such as projects, scholarships and memorials), and local organisations based outside the Australian Capital Territory. 
Organisations seeking vice-regal patronage from the Governor-General designate or his spouse should complete the Patronage Application Form by 30 June 2019.


Organisations of which the Governor-General is Patron

as at 30 November 2017

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9RAR Association
20th Man Fund
106 Field Workshop Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association Inc
ACT Veterans Rugby
Alzheimers Australia
Antarctic Science Foundation
ANZAC Health and Medical Research Foundation
Arthritis Australia
Assistance Dogs Australia
Australasian College of Road Safety
Australia Britain Society Foundation
Australia-India Youth Dialogue
Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences
Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens
Australian Association of Gerontolgoy
Australian Ballet
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Australian Commonwealth Games Association
Australian Council for Human Rights Education
Australian Council of Stoma Associations
Australian Father’s Day Council
Australian Federation of Friends of Museums
Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex Servicemen and Women
The Australian Golf Club
Australian Indigenous Education Foundation
Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (joint with Lady Cosgrove)
Australian Institute of International Affairs
Australian Institute of Navigation
Australian Meals on Wheels Association
Australian Mens Shed Association
Australian Music Foundation
Australian Olympic Committee
Australian Overseas Foundation
Australian Paralympic Committee
Australian Red Cross Society
Australian Rotary Health
Australian Rugby Union
Australian Rural Leadership Foundation
Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust
Australian Volleyball Federation
Australian Volunteer Coast Guard
Australian Womensport and Recreation Association
Australian World Orchestra
Beacon Foundation
The Boys’ Brigade Australia
Bravery Trust
Brumbies Rugby
CARE Australia
Carers Australia
The Chappell Foundation
Children’s Book Council of Australia
Children’s Cancer Institute Australia
Children’s Medical Research Institute
Children’s Week Council of Australia
Church of St Andrew Conservation and Restoration Foundation
Clontarf Foundation
Company of Master Mariners
Confederation of Australian Sport
Constitution Education Fund Australia
Cystic Fibrosis Australia
Defence Force Welfare Association
Defence Reserves Support Council
Diabetes Australia
Down Syndrome Australia
Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - ACT
Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Australia
Early Childhood Australia
East Timor Hearts Fund
Everyman’s Welfare Service
Ex Prisoners of War Association
Families and Friends of the First AIF
Fire Protection Association Australia
First Voice
Foundation for Australian Literary Studies
Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
General Sir John Monash Foundation
Global Foundation
Global Voices
Golfers for Good
Greater Western Sydney Giants Football Club
Hear and Say
Indigenous Marathon Project
Institution of Engineers Australia
Joanna Briggs Foundation
John James Foundation
Keep Australia Beautiful
Kidney Health Australia
The LBW Trust
Legacy Australia
Legacy Club of Canberra
Life Education Australia
Lions Australia
Lord’s Taverners (Australia)
Lung Foundation Australia
Mawson's Huts Foundation
Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre
Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
Menzies Foundation
Mission Australia
Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre
National Apprentice Employment Network
National Federation of Australia-Japan Societies
National Gallery of Australia Foundation
National Heart Foundation
National Rifle Association
National Stroke Foundation
National Trusts of Australia
National Youth Science Forum
Naval Association of Australia
New Colombo Plan
Nuffield Australia
Order of Australia Association
Order of Australia Assocation Foundation
Our Watch
Outward Bound Australia
Paddington-Woollahra RSL and Sub-Branch
Palliative Care Australia
Parkinsons Australia
Pathways Foundation
Peer Support Australia
Police Legacy
Polocrosse Association of Australia
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
RANZCO Eye Foundation
Relationships Australia
Reserve Forces Day Council
Returned and Services League ACT Branch
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Rosies – Friends on the Street
The Royal Australian Air Force Association
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Royal Australian Regiment Foundation
Royal Commonwealth Society ACT
The Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia
Royal Flying Doctor Service
Royal Humane Society of Australasia
Royal Life Saving Society Australia
Royal United Services Institute of Australia
RSL Lifecare Ltd – Homes for Heroes
Ryder Cheshire Australia
The Safety Institute of Australia
Sailing for Everyone Foundation
The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal
Scouts Australia
Sing Australia
Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Medical Research Foundation
Sisters of the Good Samaritan Foundation
Societe des Membres de la Legion d'Honneur (Section Australie)
Society of Australian Genealogists
Special Olympics Australia
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia
Spirit of Australia Foundation
St James Ethics Centre
Suicide Prevention Australia
Surf Lifesaving Australia
Toorak Services Club
Tribal Warrior
United Nations Association of Australia
UN Women National Committee Australia
The Victoria League for Commonowealth Friendship
Volunteering Australia
War Widows Guild of Australia Inc
Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
WWF Australia
Young Endeavour Youth Scheme
YHA Australia


Organisations of which Lady Cosgrove has agreed to be Patron

Australian College of Nurse Practitioners
Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation
Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (joint with the Governor-General)
Australian Women of the Year Association
Canberra Hospital Foundation
Cancer Council (ACT)
Children’s Medical Research Institute – Canberra Auxiliary Committee
Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing
Country Women’s Association of Australia
Defence Widows’ Support Group
Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens
Friends of Calvary John James Hospital
Friends of the School of Music
Girl Guides Australia
Girls’ Brigade Australia
Hartley Lifecare
Karinya House
Klavier Music Association
L’Arche Genesaret
Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services ACT
National Council of Women of Australia Ltd
National Rose Society of Australia
Paint the Town Read Ltd
Partners of Veterans Australia
Partners of Veterans Australia NSW Branch
Regional Arts Australia
War Widows’ Guild of Australia ACT Branch
Woden Seniors