Congratulatory Messages

Australians who are celebrating a special birthday or wedding anniversary can receive personal congratulations from the Prime Minister, Governor-General or The King.

  • The Prime Minister will send a message of congratulations to people turning 90 years of age or more.
  • The King and Governor-General will send a message on a 100th birthday.
  • On request, the Prime Minister and the Governor-General will write again every year and The King will write again every five years following the 100th Birthday.
  • The Prime Minister and Governor-General send messages to couples celebrating 50 years of marriage and subsequent wedding anniversaries.
  • The King will send messages to couples celebrating 60 years of marriage and will write every five years after that on request.

To arrange a congratulatory message, please contact the electorate office.

You will need to provide formal documentation, such as a marriage or birth certificate, to verify the date of the occasion. If these documents are not available, you can provide a statutory declaration. This documentation will need to be delivered by hand to the electorate office.

You can lodge a request for congratulatory messages up to two months before the celebration. You can also request a belated message up to one month after the birthday or wedding anniversary has passed.

For eligible occasions, requests received within six months after the occasion will be passed to Government House in Canberra for their consideration for a belated message from The King.

Congratulatory messages can be posted directly to the recipient’s home address or the address of a friend or relative if the message is to be a surprise.