The Protocol Unit process messages to be sent by the Premier of South Australia as well as advises the offices of Her Majesty The Queen, the Governor-General, the Governor, Prime Minister, Federal and State Leaders of the Opposition, and Federal and State Members of Parliaments for 90th, 95th, 100th, 105th, 110th Birthdays and 50th, 60th, 65th, 70th and 75th Wedding Anniversaries.
EligibilityThe Protocol Unit can only process applications for recipients who are residents of South Australia.
For other states, please contact the relevant state Department of the Premier. For more information about submitting an application form for recipients living outside of South Australia, please visit It's An Honour.
This table below outlines eligibility requirements for Congratulatory Messages
|Official Office||Birthdays||50th Wedding Anniversaries||60th+ wedding Anniversaries|
|Premier of South Australia||90th and every fifth year thereafter||Yes||60th and every fifth year thereafter|
|Her Majesty The Queen||100th and every fifth year thereafter||No||60th and every fifth year thereafter|
|Governor-General||100th and every year thereafter upon request||Yes||Yes|
|Governor||100th and every fifth year thereafter||Yes||Yes|
|Federal and State Leaders of the Opposition||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Federal and State Members of Parliament of the recipientís electorate||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Please note that messages are not sent from Her Majesty to persons who are not citizens of a Commonwealth country.
A guide on how to use the forms can be downloaded by clicking here.
Preparation requiredTo complete the online application you must have evidence of the date of marriage or birth. Suitable documentation can include:
- Birth certificates
- Marriage certificates
- A childís birth certificate, which includes the year of the recipientsí marriage
- Driverís licence or passport even if expired as long as the date of birthday is clearly visible
If you are having difficulties securing electronic documentation, you may be able to ask the following for help:
- State of Federal Electoral Offices
- Local Councils
When to arrange the message?You can make arrangements for anniversary or birthday messages no less than two (2) months and no more than six (6) months prior to the date of the anniversary or birthday.
Applications received with less than two (2) monthsí notice will be processed but cannot be guaranteed to arrive by the date of the anniversary or birthday.
You can request a belated message up to one (1) month after the birthday or wedding anniversary has passed. Applications later then four (4) weeks cannot be processed.