The Queen has extended Governor-General Quentin Bryce’s term in the role, on the advice of the Australian government.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Ms Bryce’s term had been extended until March 2014.
“The governor-general has carried out her duties with distinction,” she said in a statement.
“On behalf of the government and the people of Australia I wish the governor-general and Mr (Michael) Bryce well for the remainder of her time in office.”
Ms Bryce was the first woman to take on the role and was appointed as Australia’s 25th governor-general in 2008.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott welcomed the extension of Ms Bryce’s term, saying she has served with distinction.
“We know that Her Excellency will continue to bring credit to the office of governor-general and Mr Bryce will continue to provide support to her service,” he said in a statement.
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