At times, it can be tricky to know how to correctly address office holders such as members of parliament, ambassadors and judges in formal and informal correspondence to them. These communications can include letters and emails and, of course, face-to-face communication.
To help you avoid errors, we have compiled a summary of the correct forms of address – including salutations – for common communications. We hope you find it to be a useful resource.
For example, if you are addressing an envelope for a letter to a state premier, you should structure the salutation as follows:
The Hon. [First name] [Surname], MP
Premier of [State]
The use of the term ‘Honourable’ or ‘the Hon.’ varies between federal and state office holders, so please check our guidance for the correct usage. Our Editorial Style Guide explains how to use honorifics (Dr, Sir, Professor, Associate Professor etc) in your marketing and communications material.
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