Congratulatory Messages

Australians who are celebrating a special birthday or wedding anniversary can receive personal congratulations from the Prime Minister, Governor-General or The Queen.


Congratulatory Message Eligibility


50th Wedding Anniversary 50th plus Wedding Anniversary 90th Birthday 90th plus Birthday
Prime Minister Yes Yes Yes Yes
Governor-General Yes Yes No 100th and every year thereafter
The Queen No 60th and every fifth year thereafter No 100th and every fifth year thereafter


Arranging a Congratulatory Message


Supporting documentation such birth certificates or marriage certificates will be required. A statutory declaration can also be used. These forms are available at any post office or from Senator Paterson’s office.


When to Arrange a Congratulatory Message


You can lodge a request for congratulatory messages up to two months before the celebration.

It is also possible to request a belated message up to one month following a celebration.


Message Delivery


Congratulatory messages can be posted directly to the recipient or alternatively to a care-of address for surprises.