Administrator of the Government

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In the Commonwealth Realms, the Administrator of the Government (often shortened to Administrator) is the person who, though acting in a gubernatorial capacity, is not given the title of Governor (or Governor-General or Lieutenant-Governor). In crown colonies, the person is normally known as the Officer Administering the Government.

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Selection of Administrators

The process for selecting Administrators is not uniform within the Commonwealth, but in most jurisdictions the default Administrator is the Chief Justice or another senior member of the judiciary.

Canada

In Canada the Administrator is the Chief Justice of Canada, or in his absence the senior puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Australia

In the Commonwealth of Australia, the Administrator, usually called the Administrator of the Commonwealth, is by convention the longest-serving state Governor.

In the states of Australia, executive authority generally passes to the Lieutenant-Governor, and in the absence of the Lieutenant-Governor, to an Administrator, who is by default the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or the next most senior justice. In many states the Chief Justice is the Lieutenant-Governor. (See Administrator (Australia).)

In the Northern Territory, the office of Administrator is a permanent appointment, and since the territory was granted self-government in 1978, the office of Administrator has become a largely ceremonial appointment, like that of a state Governor. There is no administrator in the Australian Capital Territory.

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New Zealand

In New Zealand, the "order of succession" is the Chief Justice of New Zealand, followed by the President of the Court of Appeal, and then the Senior Judge of that same court.

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