Protocol at Macquarie

Protocol at Macquarie

What is protocol and why is it important?

Special customs and behaviours have been utilised throughout history as a mark of respect when dealing with people in particular positions of influence and importance - whether they be royalty, military, politicians, academic representatives, business leaders or members of the diplomatic corp. This is what we identify as protocol, and it ensures that activities such as events, visits and functions are planned and conducted in an appropriate and professional manner (Protocol Handbook, A Guide for Queensland Government Officers).

Protocol retains its importance today because of the part it plays in facilitating positive outcomes and relationships. This is particularly necessary at Macquarie as we seek to enhance the University's identity, strategy and reputation. Macquarie University is committed to enriching and developing its relationships with key external stakeholders therefore protocol considerations should not be underestimated - particularly for events, visits, meetings, ceremonies and other functions.

Protocol includes:

  • Forms of address
  • Tables of Precedence
  • Advice on scoping and organising functions
  • Order of Proceedings
  • Consideration of cultural issues
  • Etiquette
  • Seating arrangements
  • Gift choices
  • Speeches
  • Briefs and communications with speakers, host and key event stakeholders
  • Ceremonial matters (including flags and emblems)
  • VIP requirements (including security and parking)

Protocol at Macquarie University

There are different protocol considerations for domestic versus international events and/or guests. Macquarie University has two protocol teams to meet this need.

Domestic Protocol Team (sits within the Events and Protocol team): 

T: (02) 9850 4112 or (02) 9850 6585 



International Protocol Team (sits within Macquarie International): 

T: (02) 9850 1866 


Further information about Protocol is found on the following pages:

When to use Protocol at Macquarie University

Practical considerations for using Protocol

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