The Lieutenant-Governor is appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Premier.

Role of the Lieutenant-Governor

The Lieutenant-Governor acts as the Governor’s deputy, usually when the Governor is out of the State.  In those circumstances, the Lieutenant-Governor deputises for the Governor in relation to limited functions.

About Victoria's Lieutenant-Governor

Ken Lay AO APM
BA (Pol Stud), GDip Pub Admin, HonLLD (Monash), FAICD

The Governor with Lieutenant-Governor Mr Ken Lay and Chief Justice of Victoria, the Hon. Anne Ferguson
The Governor with Lieutenant-Governor Mr Ken Lay and Chief Justice of Victoria, the Hon. Anne Ferguson

Ken Lay was sworn in as Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria on 9 November 2017.

Mr Lay was Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 2011 – 2015 in a career that spanned over 40 years in policing.

In 2015, he was appointed as the Chair of the Council of Australian Governments Expert Advisory Panel on Family Violence and later that year was appointed the Chair of the Prime Minister’s National Ice Task Force.

He is currently Chair of the Ambulance Victoria Board of Directors. He is also a Director of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation and of the Essendon Football Club.

In 2015 Mr Lay was awarded a Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by Monash University in recognition of his service to the community.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day Awards for services to policing and the community.