His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
Official Patron of UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia

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His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia is the the Official Patron of UN Women NC Australia.

Following a distinguished military career, General Sir Peter Cosgrove was appointed Chief of Army in 2000. After further promotion to General, he served as Chief of the Defence Force from 2002-2005. He retired from the Australian Defence Force in 2005.

He was appointed by the Queensland Government to lead the task force rebuilding communities in the Innisfail region following the devastation caused by Cyclone Larry in 2006. He was named Australian of the Year in 2001.

The National Committee has had a connection with the Office of the Governor-General since 2012 when Dame Quentin Bryce AC became the National Committee’s first Official Patron. His Excellency Sir Peter continued this association when he became Patron in 2014 and the National Committee is privileged to work with him to advocate for gender equality and the empowerment of women.