Role of the Office
The Office of the Governor was established under the Public Administration Act 2004 (Vic) as an Administrative Office within the portfolio of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
The Office provides support to the Governor in all aspects of the Governor’s role as she carries out official duties for the benefit of the Victorian people.
These duties include:
- Constitutional duties
- Ceremonial duties
- Community engagements
- International engagements.
The Office is also in charge of the maintenance of Government House and its collections as a heritage and community asset of national importance.
The Official Secretary of the Office of the Governor acts as Department Head, managing the Office and its administrative and service staff. All staff report to their respective managers, and through them to the Deputy Official Secretary and Official Secretary.
Official Secretary: Joshua Puls MVO
Joshua Puls is the Official Secretary to the Governor of Victoria. Joshua was an Aide to Governors Gobbo and Landy and was Assistant Official Secretary under Governors de Kretser and Chernov.
He has also served as Assistant Private Secretary (Commonwealth) to HRH The Prince of Wales, for which he was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order in 2016.
Prior to taking up the role of Official Secretary, Joshua was Director of the Veterans Branch, then Executive Director of the Cabinet Office, in Victoria's Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Deputy Official Secretary (Operations): Taara Olorenshaw
Taara Olorenshaw is the Deputy Official Secretary (Operations) to the Governor of Victoria. Taara has extensive budget, strategy, policy and financial management experience gained through various roles at the Department of Treasury and Finance and more recently at Victoria Police.
Deputy Official Secretary (Program): Jonathan Burke
Jonathan Burke is the Deputy Official Secretary (Program) to the Governor of Victoria. Jonathan has worked across the not-for-profit, higher education and government sectors both in Australia and the United Kingdom. Before joining the Office of the Governor he spent several years in Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet and Department of Justice and Community Safety.
Aides to the Governor
The Office of the Governor employs four full-time civilian Aides who are responsible for delivering the Governor and Mr Howard’s official program.
The Aide's role includes research and writing, attending the Governor and Mr Howard at official engagements, managing functions at Government House, and working with communities and organisations to plan events the Governor and Mr Howard will attend.
The Aides to the Governor are:
- Jack Fowles
- Nicholas Langford
- Iman Balla
- Sara Hitchman
The Governor and Mr Howard are also supported at official functions by a number of Honorary Aides representing the Australian Navy, Army, Air Force and Victoria Police Force; and by civilian Honorary Aides.
The Office is made up of the following teams:
- Program Team - responsible for policy and protocol matters and provides direct support to the Governor, Mr Howard and the Official Secretary.
- Corporate Team - responsible for administration, finance and budget, human resources, IT and heritage asset management services.
- Property Team - responsible for the upkeep, security and building maintenance of Government House and other facilities.
- Services Team - responsible for catering, housekeeping, and domestic services.
To invite the Governor to an event, find Government House or to contact the Governor's office for media enquiries, visit our Contact us webpage.