Former Deputy Prime Minister Kim Beazley will become Western Australia’s 33rd Governor.
Mr Beazley, an Honorary Fellow at the UWA Law School and Distinguished Fellow and Member of the Board at the Perth USAsia Centre at UWA, will be sworn into his new role on 1 May.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said Mr Beazley would bring natural leadership skills to the role of Governor.
"Kim Beazley is a natural leader - a true asset to Western Australia and someone who will advocate in the best interests of our State,” Mr McGowan said.
"His significant experience in defence and foreign affairs will be a valuable addition, as will his unparalleled international network that will assist in promoting Western Australia to the rest of the world.”
Mr Beazley holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from UWA, a well as a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford.
Mr Beazley held the role of Australian Ambassador to the United States from 2010 until 2016. Before this, he spent almost three decades in Federal Parliament, serving as a Special Minister of the State, Federal Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Federal Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Federal Leader of the Opposition.