Inauguration of the Governor of Victoria

The Inauguration of the 30th Governor of Victoria took place at the Parliament of Victoria at 11 am on 9 August 2023.

Recording of the Inauguration

The Inauguration of Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Margaret Gardner AC as the 30th Governor of Victoria was held at the Parliament of Victoria at 11 am on 9 August 2023.

About the Governor

Professor Margaret Gardner AC

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Margaret Gardner AC is the Governor of Victoria.

Her Excellency is a prominent and well-respected academic with a background in economics, industrial relations, and organisational management.

Her Excellency has had a distinguished career in Australia’s university sector and abroad.

She was the first woman to lead Monash University, having served as President and Vice-Chancellor from 2014 to 2023.

Her Excellency previously served as Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT University between 2005 and 2014 and has held senior executive leadership and academic positions at the University of Queensland and Griffith University.

She was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow spending time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2018.

In 2007, Her Excellency was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her service to tertiary education – particularly in the areas of gender equity and university governance – and to industrial relations.

In 2020, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for her eminent service to tertiary education through leadership and innovation in teaching and learning, research and financial sustainability.

Her Excellency was Chair of Universities Australia from 2017 to 2019 and Chair of the Group of Eight Universities in Australia from 2020 until 2023.

She has also been a member of a range of boards and committees including Infrastructure Victoria, Museums Victoria, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board, and the Australian Technology Network.

To learn more, visit About the Governor(opens in a new window)

To learn more about the appointment, responsibilities, and powers of the Governor of Victoria, visit: The Governor as Head of State(opens in a new window)