|The Queen of Australia with General Peter Cosgrove, AM, MC at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, in October 2011.|
The ceremonial role, as representative of Queen Elizabeth II, involves opening parliament, giving assent to laws and receiving official visitors.
General Cosgrove will become the 26th governor-general of Australia. Governor-General Quentin Bryce's term will end in March.
The Governor-General is appointed by the Queen on advice of Her Majesty's Australian prime minister.