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The Events and Protocol unit is responsible for the strategy, planning, management and promotion of high-profile centrally managed events that increase the University's social, cultural and strategic engagement with business, industry, government and the community, and for advice on protocol governing University activities, events and engagement with government and the community.

The unit is responsible for the strategy and delivery of:

  • Graduation ceremonies
  • Vice-Chancellor's award ceremony
  • Annual and named lectures
  • Launches and openings
  • Dinners

Additionally, the unit provides promotional support and event logistics advice to Divisions, Colleges, Schools, and Institutes hosting public lectures and forums.

Belinda Brock

Belinda Brock

Manager Events and Protocol

Belinda has over 30 years’ experience in business to business education, project management and event production, working in the Government, non-Government, education, corporate and professional  associations sectors. In 2008 Belinda joined the University as Events Officer and now leads the Events and Protocol team overseeing graduations, major university stakeholder events and the Public Lectures and Forums program.

T: +61 3 6324 3521 | E: belinda.brock@utas.edu.au


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Brendan Theodore

Events and Ceremonies Officer

Brendan has worked in the event and venue management space in the University sector since 2011. He joined the University of Tasmania in 2018 and is responsible for the delivery of the University’s major events and graduation ceremonies. Brendan has experience across a wide variety of events spanning performing arts events, large scale award ceremonies and dinners, conferences, concerts, festivals, public lectures and premium hospitality events.

T: +61 3 6324 3345 | E: brendan.theodore@utas.edu.au


Jeanette Farnell

Jeanette Farnell

Events Coordinator

Jeanette Farnell began her career at the University with the Law School in 2011, before joining the Events and Protocol team in 2012. In 2014 Jeanette was appointed to the role of Events Coordinator and is responsible for the coordination and delivery of centrally supported southern Public Lectures and Forums. Additionally Jeanette coordinates the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony Dinner and provides support for the University’s major stakeholder engagement events.

T: +61 3 6226 2879 | E: jeanette.farnell@utas.edu.au


David Beniuk

David Beniuk

Program Manager Public Events

David Beniuk joined the University in 2018 after a 13-year journalism career, most recently as State Political Editor for the Mercury. He has been a teacher, an award-winning professional musician and wrote a Masters thesis on Contemporary Aboriginal Songwriters. He is responsible for the programming and promotion of the University’s Public Lectures and Forums.

T: +61 3 6324 3521 | E: David.Beniuk@utas.edu.au

Welcome to Country

A Welcome to Country is when an Aboriginal Elder or Custodian welcomes people to their land.

A Welcome to Country occurs at the opening of an event and is usually the first item on the program. A local Aboriginal Elder or Custodian of the land conducts the ceremony, which may be done through a speech, song, ceremony or combination.

A Welcome to Country ceremony that acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land shows respect for Aboriginal peoples, as Australia's original inhabitants.

Bookings

Please contact the Riawunna Centre to book a Welcome to Country.

Acknowledgement of Country

Where an Elder or Aboriginal custodian is not available, an Acknowledgement to Country should occur. This can be given by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who comes from another country or a non-Aboriginal person if an Aboriginal person is not present.

In support of the University of Tasmania’s Strategic Plan of Aboriginal Engagement (SPAE) an Acknowledgement of Country should be incorporated at the start of an event recognising and promoting Aboriginal culture and custodianship of country. The below words are suggested for University public events:

Acknowledgement of Country nipaluna/Hobart

As a reflection of this institution's recognition of the deep history and culture of this island, the University of Tasmania wishes to acknowledge the − muwinina (pronounced Moo-we-nin-ah) and palawa (pronounced pal-a-wa) people, the traditional owners and custodians of the land upon which this campus was built; and pay respect to elders past, present and emerging.

Acknowledgement of Country Launceston

As a reflection of this institution's recognition of the deep history and culture of this island, the University of Tasmania wishes to acknowledge the traditional owners, the palawa (pronounced pal-a-wa) people of the land upon which this campus was built; and pay respect to elders past, present and emerging.

Acknowledgement of Country Burnie

As a reflection of this institution's recognition of the deep history and culture of this island, the University of Tasmania wishes to acknowledge the traditional owners, the palawa (pronounced pal-a-wa) people and custodians of the land upon which this campus was built; and pay respect to elders past, present and emerging.

For a more detailed Acknowledgement of Country and further information about Welcome Ceremony Protocols please visit the Riawunna Centre website.

Forms of Address

Download a copy of the Forms of Address (PDF 2MB)

Governor General 
AddresseeHis/Her Excellency [Title] [First name] [Surname], [PN], Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
SalutationYour Excellency 
Place CardHis/Her Excellency or The Governor-General
How spoken toYour Excellency 
How referred toHis/Her Excellency The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of       Australia
Governor General's partner 
AddresseeHis/Her Excellency [Title] [First name] [Surname]
SalutationYour Excellency
Place CardHis/Her Excellency 
How spoken toYour Excellency 
How referred toHis/Her Excellency 
Governor 
AddresseeHis/Her Excellency [Title] [First name] [Surname], [PN], Governor of…
SalutationYour Excellency
Place CardHis/Her Excellency 
How spoken toYour Excellency 
How referred toHis/Her Excellency The Governor of …
Premier 
AddresseeThe Hon. [First name] [Surname], MP, Premier of [State]
SalutationDear Premier
Place CardThe Premier 
How spoken toPremier
How referred toThe Honourable Premier of [State]
Prime Minister 
AddresseeThe Hon. [First name] [Surname], MP, Prime Minister of Australia
SalutationDear Prime Minister
Place CardThe Prime Minister
How spoken toPrime Minister
How referred toThe Honourable Prime Minister of Australia
President of the Legislative Council 
AddresseeThe Hon. [First name] [Surname], MLC, President of the Legislative Council
SalutationDear [Title] President
Place CardThe Hon. [Initial] [Surname], MLC
How spoken to[Title] President
How referred toThe Hon. [First name] [Surname], MLC, President of the Legislative Council
Speaker of the House of Assembly 
AddresseeThe Hon. [First name] [Surname], MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly
SalutationDear [Title] Speaker
Place CardThe Hon. [Initial] [Surname], MP
How spoken to[Title] Speaker
How referred toThe Hon. [First name] [Surname], MP, Speaker of The House of Assembly
Tasmanian Leader of the Opposition 
AddresseeThe Hon. [First name] [Surname], MP, Leader of the Opposition
SalutationDear [Title] [Surname]
Place CardLeader of the Opposition or the Hon. [Initial] [Surname] MP
How spoken to[Title] [Surname]
How referred toThe Honourable [Title] [Surname] MP, Leader of the Opposition
Federal Government Ministers 
AddresseeThe Hon. [First name] [Surname], MP/MLC, Minister for…
SalutationDear Minister
Place CardThe Hon. [Initial] [Surname], MP/MLC 
How spoken toMinister 
How referred toThe Hon. [First name] [Surname], MP/MLC, Minister for…
Federal Senators 
AddresseeSenator [First name] [Surname]
SalutationDear Senator
Place CardSenator the Hon. [Initial] [Surname]
How spoken toSenator [Surname]
How referred toSenator the Hon. [First name] [Surname] Minister for...
Federal Members of Parliament 
Addressee[Title] [First name] [Surname], MP, Member for...
SalutationDear [Title] [Surname]
Place Card[Title] [Initial] [Surname], MP
How spoken to[Title] [Surname]
How referred to[Title] [First name] [Surname], MP, Member for…
Members of Parliament with a post-nominal [PN]  
Addressee[Title] [First name] [Surname] [PN] MP, Member for…
SalutationDear [Title] [Surname]
Place Card[Title] [Initial] [Surname], MP
How spoken to[Title] [Surname]
How referred to[Title] [First name] [Surname], MP, Member for…
Lord Mayor 
AddresseeThe Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of [City], Alderman [First name] [Surname]
SalutationDear Lord Mayor
Place CardLord Mayor
How spoken toLord Mayor
How referred toThe Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of [City], Alderman [First name] [Surname]
Lord Mayor's partner 
AddresseeThe Lady Mayoress of [City], [Title] [First name] [Surname]
SalutationDear Lady Moyoress
Place CardLady Mayoress
How spoken toLady Mayoress
How referred toLady Mayoress
Mayor of a city 
AddresseeAlderman [First name] [Surname], Mayor of [City]
SalutationDear [Title] Mayor
Place CardThe Mayor of [City]
How spoken to[Title] Mayor
How referred toAlderman [First name] [Surname] The Mayor of [City]
Mayor of a region 
AddresseeCouncillor [First name] [Surname], Mayor of [Region]
SalutationDear [Title] Mayor
Place CardThe Mayor of [Region]
How spoken to[Title] Mayor
How referred toCouncillor [First name] [Surname] The Mayor of [Region]
Chief Justice 
AddresseeThe Honourable [Title] Justice [First name] [Surname], Chief Justice of...
SalutationDear Chief Justice
Place CardThe Chief Justice
How spoken toChief Justice
How referred toThe Honourable The Chief Justice of [City], Justice [First name] [Surname]
Judges of the Supreme Court of Tasmania 
AddresseeThe Honourable [Title] Justice [First name] [Surname]
SalutationDear Justice [Surname]
Place CardThe Honourable Justice [First name] [Surname]
How spoken toJustice [Surname]
How referred toThe Honourable Justice [First name] [Surname]
Ambassador 
AddresseeHis/Her Excellency [Title] [First name] [Surname], [PN], The [Nationality]     Ambassador
SalutationDear Ambassador
Place CardThe [Nationality] Ambassador
How spoken toAmbassador
How referred toHis/Her Excellency The [Nationality] Ambassador
High Commissioner 
AddresseeHis/Her Excellency [Title] [First name] [Surname], [PN], High Commissioner for [Country]
SalutationDear High Commissioner
Place CardThe High Commissioner for [Country]
How spoken toHigh Commissioner
How referred toHis/Her Excellency The High Commissioner for [Country]
Consul/Consul Generals 
Addressee[Title] [First name] [Surname], Consul/Consul General of [Country]
SalutationDear [Title] [Surname]
Place Card[Title] [Surname]
How spoken to[Title] [Surname]
How referred to[Title] [First name] [Surname] The Consul/Consul General of [Country]
Archbishops (Catholic and Anglican) 
AddresseeThe Most Reverend [First name] [Surname], The Archbishop of…
SalutationDear Archbishop [Surname]
Place CardThe Archbishop of…
How spoken toArchbishop [Surname]
How referred toThe Archbishop of…
Bishops (Catholic and Anglican) 
AddresseeThe Right Reverend [First name] [Surname], The Bishop of…
SalutationDear Bishop [Surname]
Place CardThe Bishop of…
How spoken toBishop [Surname]
How referred toThe Bishop of…
Presbyterian Ministers 
AddresseeThe Right Reverend [First name] [Surname]
SalutationDear Right Reverend [Surname]
Place CardThe Right Reverend [Surname]
How spoken toReverend [Surname]
How referred toThe Right Reverend [Surname]

Debrett's Limited, Surrey, United Kingdom, accessed 1 May 2013, <http://www.debretts.com>
Style Manual for authors, editors and printers, 1994, 5th edition, Australian Government Publishing  Service,Canberra, pp.383-388.
Joel, A. & Pringle, H. 2007, Australian Protocol Procedures, 3rd edition, University of New South Wales Press Ltd, Sydney, pp.426-439
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, New York, Accessed 1 May 2013

Order of Precedence for the University of Tasmania

Download a copy of the Order of Precedence (PDF 361KB)

1

The Governor or officer administering the Government of Tasmania.

2

The Lieutenant-Governor if administering the Government of Tasmania.

3

The Governors of other States according to population.

4

The Premier.

5

The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia

6

The Lieutenant-Governor if not administering the Government of Tasmania

7

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania

8

(a) Foreign Ambassadors and High Commissioners

(b) Foreign Ministers and Envoys

9

Tasmanian Executive Councillors under summons to the Executive Council

10

The President of the Legislative Council of Tasmania

11

The Speaker of the House of Assembly of Tasmania

12

The President of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia

13

The Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia

14

The Chief Justice of the High Court of the Commonwealth of Australia

15

The Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition in the House of Assembly of Tasmania

16

Federal Executive Councillors under summons to the Executive Council

17

Privy Counsellors

18

Judges of the Supreme Court of Tasmania according to seniority of appointment

19

Judges of the High Court of the Commonwealth of Australia

20

Judge of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration

21

Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council not under summons to the Executive Council

22

The Lord Mayor of Hobart

23

Heads of Churches

(a) Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, according to seniority
(b) Other denominations according to seniority

24

Senior Officers – local command of the Naval, Military and Air Forces according to seniority in rank and date of appointment

25

The Mayor of Launceston

26

Members of the Legislative Council of Tasmania

27

Members of the House of Assembly of Tasmania

28

Members of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia

29

Members of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia

30

The Master Warden, Hobart Marine Board

31

Wardens of Municipalities according to population

32

Persons authorised to retain the prefix “Honourable”

33

The Chancellor of the University of Tasmania

34

Permanent Heads of State and Commonwealth Government Departments

35

The Consular Corps

36

Ex-Ministers of the State not under summons to the Executive Council and not now Members of Parliament

Henderson , Debrett’s Handbook Australia & NZ, Macmillan Publishers New Zealand Ltd., Auckland

A toolbox has been constructed as a point of reference for those hosting University events.

  • Ministerial and Dignitary Protocol (PDF 68KB)
  • Managing your Speakers (PDF 903KB)
  • Work, Health and Safety:

    Postal Address: Locked Bag 1350, Launceston,Tasmania, Australia, 7250

    Email: UTAS.Events@utas.edu.au

    Tel: +61 3 6226 2521