The Governor of Western Australia, Sir Francis Burt, has agreed to continue in the position until after the State election.
Premier Carmen Lawrence said Sir Francis, who had been on leave without pay since July 1, would resume official duties from today.
Sir Francis, (74), was appointed Governor in February 1990.
Dr Lawrence said in keeping with convention, she believed a successor to Sir Francis as Governor should be delayed until after the general election.
The Premier said she had expressed her view in recent talks with Sir Francis and he had agreed to take up official duties.
The decision had the formal approval of Buckingham Palace.
Dr Lawrence said she was extremely grateful to the Chief Justice, David Malcolm, who as Lieutenant-Governor had administered the Government of the State in Sir Francis's absence.