The Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, and her husband, Mr Anthony Howard QC, give support to organisations to recognise the contribution they make to Victoria. This is known as patronage.

The Governor and Mr Howard are patrons to more than 160 community groups in Victoria. They support and promote organisations involved in voluntary service, industry, education, the arts, sport, and caring for those in need.

Applying for patronage

As a general guide, Vice-Regal Patronage may be appropriate if an organisation:

  • and its main officers enjoy good standing in the community
  • has a Victoria-wide focus
  • conducts business on a not-for-profit basis, and
  • relates to the patrons' interests or professional experience.

There are many outstanding community organisations in Victoria and it is not possible for the Governor or Mr Howard to be patron of them all, no matter how deserving.

Governor and Mr Howard with guide dogs
The Governor is a patron of Guide Dogs Victoria

Patronage of the Governor

As Patron, welcoming members of the Rose Society of Victoria to Government House
As Patron, welcoming members of the Rose Society of Victoria to Government House

Patronages of both the Governor and Mr Howard

Patronages of Mr Howard