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Congratulatory messages

Published 7th November, 2017

Australians living in NSW celebrating a special birthday or wedding anniversary can receive a personal letter of congratulations from the NSW Premier.

Upon request, the NSW Premier will send a message of congratulations to NSW residents turning 80 years of age and every fifth year thereafter up to 90 and then every year thereafter.

The NSW Premier also sends messages to couples celebrating 50 years of marriage and every year thereafter.

Eligibility requirements for congratulatory messages

 50th wedding
anniversary
50th plus wedding
anniversary
80th plus
birthday
90th
birthday
90th plus
birthday
NSW Premier Yes Yes Yes and every fifth year thereafter Yes Yes
Prime Minister Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Governor of NSW Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Governor-General Yes Yes No No 100th and every fifth year thereafter
The Queen No 60th and every fifth year thereafter No No 100th and every fifth year thereafter
Speaker Yes Yes and every fifth year thereafter Yes and every fifth year thereafter Yes Yes

The Department of Premier and Cabinet accepts requests for wedding and birthday messages no sooner than six weeks before the celebration and up to three months after the event.

How to apply

To arrange a message from the NSW Premier you should contact the State Member of Parliament (MP) of the person or couple celebrating the occasion. 

You will need to provide supporting documentation like a birth certificate or marriage certificate (photocopies of originals are accepted). If these are not available you can provide a statutory declaration. Statutory declaration forms are available at any Post Office.

Your request to the NSW Premier will be passed on to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the NSW Governor's Office and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly if you are eligible to receive messages from other parties.

No charge is made to send a message of congratulations from the Premier.

The Premier's messages are sent via Australia Post and will be dispatched to the nominated recipient within 10 working days of receipt of the request from the MP.

Published 7th November, 2017