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Protocol Guidelines

2.7 Presentation of letters of introduction to the Prime Minister

High commissioners from realm countries (where Her Majesty The Queen is the Head of State) present letters of introduction to the Prime Minister rather than credentials to the Governor-General. They assume their place in the order of precedence from the date of their arrival in Canberra and may immediately perform all official functions.

Protocol Branch arranges an appointment for a high commissioner to call on the Prime Minister for this purpose. There are no ceremonial elements to this call but, subject to the preferences of the Prime Minister of the day, photographs are usually taken.

Last Updated: 2 November 2017
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