How to address Senators and Members

Prime Minister

Envelope

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP
Prime Minister of Australia

Salutation

Dear Prime Minister

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Prime Minister or Mr Turnbull

 

President of the Senate (when writing formally)

Envelope

Senator the Hon. Stephen Parry
President of the Senate

Salutation

Dear Mr President

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Mr President

 

President of the Senate (when writing to the President in their electoral capacity)

Envelope

Senator the Hon. Stephen Parry or Senator the Hon. S Parry

Salutation

Dear Senator or Senator Parry

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Senator

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives (when writing formally)

Envelope

The Hon. Mr Smith, MP
Speaker of the House of Representatives

Salutation

Dear Mr Speaker

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Mr Speaker

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives (when writing to the Speaker in their electoral capacity)

Envelope

The Hon. Mr Smith, MP

Salutation

Dear Mr Smith

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Mr Speaker

 

Minister (Senate)

Envelope

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance

Salutation

Dear Minister

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Minister or Senator

   

Minister (House of Representatives)

Envelope

The Hon. Greg Hunt, MP
Minister for the Environment

Salutation

Dear Minister

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Minister or Mr Hunt

   

Assistant Minister (Senate)

Envelope

Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston
Assistant Minister Agriculture and Water Resources

Salutation

Dear Assistant Minister

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Minister or Senator

   

Assistant Minister (House of Representatives)

Envelope

The Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP,
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills

Salutation

Dear Assistant Minister

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Minister or Mr Hartsuyker

   

Senator

Envelope

Senator Richard Di Natale
Senator for Victoria

Salutation

Dear Senator

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Senator or Senator Di Natale

   

Member (House of Representatives)

Envelope

Mr Michael Danby, MP / Ms Nola Marino MP

Salutation

Dear Sir or Dear Mr Danby / Dear Madam or Dear Ms Marino

Conclusion

Yours faithfully

How to address orally

Mr Danby / Ms Marino

 

Who can use the title Honourable?

A Member or Senator who becomes a Minister is appointed to the Executive Council and thus has the title ‘Honourable’ while they remain Executive Councillors. It rests with the Governor-General to continue or terminate membership of the Executive Council and consequently the right to the title. With one exception, Ministers appointed to the Executive Council have not in the past had their appointment to the Council terminated upon termination of their commission and hence have retained the title ‘Honourable’ for life. Parliamentary Secretaries also have the title ‘Honourable’ when, as has been the recent practice, they have been appointed to the Executive Council. It is established custom for a Member who is elected Speaker to use the title ‘Honourable’ during his or her period of office and to be granted the privilege of retaining the title for life if he or she serves in the office for three or more years. Source: House of Representatives Practice (5th edition)

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