Samantha Mostyn AO Appointed Australia’s Next Governor-General

Ms Mostyn expressed her commitment to representing and serving all Australians with distinction, acknowledging the importance of her role in fostering positive change within the community.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced that on his recommendation His Majesty King Charles III has approved Ms Samantha Mostyn AO as the incoming Governor-General of Australia.

Ms Mostyn will assume the prestigious role on 1 July 2024, succeeding His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d). This appointment marks her as the 28th individual to hold this esteemed position in Australian history.

Ms. Mostyn, a distinguished business person and dedicated community leader, has an extensive background in executive and governance roles spanning various sectors. Her commitment and service to the Australian community have been widely recognised. In 2021, she was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Australia, acknowledging her significant contributions to business, societal welfare, and women’s advancement.

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Samantha Mostyn AO: Image Source: Supplied
Samantha Mostyn AO: Image Source: Supplied

With a career beginning in the legal field, Ms. Mostyn served as an associate in the Court of Appeal of the NSW Supreme Court, later working with prominent law firms Freehills and Gilbert and Tobin. Her legal prowess was further acknowledged with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Australian National University.

Ms Mostyn’s professional journey extends through the Australian business landscape, holding senior positions in telecommunications and insurance, both domestically and internationally. Her leadership roles have included Chair positions at AWARE Super, Alberts Music Group, and Citibank Australia, alongside board memberships at Transurban, Virgin Australia, and Mirvac.

Her impact stretches into the sports world, where she served as a Commissioner for the Australian Football League (AFL) and played a pivotal role in developing the AFL Women’s (AFLW) league.

Beyond her corporate achievements, Ms Mostyn has been at the forefront of various not-for-profit organisations, chairing and serving on boards like Beyond Blue, the Foundation of Young Australians, and Australians Investing in Women.

The Governor-General’s role, traditionally lasting five years, represents the King in Australia and carries significant ceremonial and constitutional responsibilities. Ms Mostyn’s appointment has been met with acclaim, reflecting the Australian community’s deep respect and high expectations for her leadership.

His Excellency General Hurley will conclude his term on 1 July 2024. The government and the people of Australia have expressed their gratitude for General Hurley’s dedicated service and the exemplary manner in which he fulfilled his duties.

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In anticipation of her tenure, Ms Mostyn expressed her commitment to representing and serving all Australians with distinction, acknowledging the importance of her role in fostering positive change within the community.

The current Governor-General welcomed Ms Mostyn’s appointment, praising her dedication and looking forward to supporting her transition into this pivotal role.

Australia awaits Ms Mostyn’s inauguration with great expectations, as her diverse experience and leadership promise a future of continued dedication and service to the nation.

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