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Order of precedence

A table of precedence is used to determine the ranking of officials who are either attending and/or have a role at a ceremony or function and should be used as a guide only. In applying the table to a particular occasion, a number of variables need to be considered, for example, location of the event, representation, funding sources etc. For these reasons we advise you to contact our office for assistance and advice when planning your official function.

In order to assist you, we will need to know the:

  • event purpose
  • event location
  • host
  • VIPs attending
  • VIP roles (eg speeches, responses, presentations)
  • VIP representatives
  • funding source.

Please include this information in an email to and we can provide you with our suggested order of precedence for your event.

Further information:

State Protocol Office
Phone:  03 6270 5667
Fax: 03 6233 3345

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