Congratulations on becoming an Australian citizen. Australian citizenship is indeed a privilege.
As your local Member of Parliament, I welcome you to full membership and commitment to our wonderful and diverse nation. I encourage you as a new Australian citizen to continue to celebrate your culture, underpinned by Australian values.
As your representative in Federal Parliament, my staff and I are always available to provide help and information on government or community services, as well as to hear your ideas about how we should take our country forward.
I've provided some information below that you might find helpful:
On this page
- Enrolling to vote
- Local Government
- State Government
- Government services
- COVID-19 information
Enrol to vote
Free and fair elections are the foundation of a great democracy. In Australia once you turn 18 you can vote in local, state and federal elections to decide who the government representatives of your local area, and your state, should be!
You are eligible to vote if
- you are an Australian citizen
- aged 18 years and over, and
- have lived at your address for at least one month.
Three tiers of Government.
In Western Australia we have three tiers of Government all with varied responsibilities; Local, State and Federal.
The work of Local Government is varied, but it touches almost all areas of our day to day life as citizens – whether we live in cities, towns or country areas.
The roles and responsibilities of Local Government generally include:
- infrastructure and property services, including local roads, bridges, footpaths, drainage, waste collection and management
- provision of recreation facilities, such as parks, sports fields and stadiums, golf courses, swimming pools, sport centres, halls, camping grounds and caravan parks
- health services such as water and food inspection, immunisation services, toilet facilities, noise control and meat inspection and animal control
- community services, such as child-care, aged care and accommodation, community care and welfare services
- building services, including inspections, licensing, certification and enforcement
- planning and development approval
- administration of facilities, such as airports and aerodromes, ports and marinas, cemeteries, parking facilities and street parking
- cultural facilities and services, such as libraries, art galleries and museums
- water and sewerage services
City of Armadale
|Opening Hours||Monday to Friday 8.15am to 4.45pm|
|Main Switchboard||08 9394 5000|
|ABN||79 863 269 538|
|Postal Address||Locked Bag 2
Western Australia 6992
|Physical Address||7 Orchard Avenue
City of Gosnells
|Phone:||(08) 9397 3000;
If calling outside business hours, please follow the prompts.
|Fax:||(08) 9397 3333|
|Open:||Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm|
|Address:||2120 Albany Highway, Gosnells|
|Post:||PO Box 662 Gosnells WA 6990|
The work of the State Government is varied, the roles and responsibilities of State Government include:
- Public housing
- Criminal/civil law
- The environment
- Schools and hospitals
- Transport and police
- Natural resources and land
- Public utilities (i.e. electricity, roads and infrastructure)
The following State Members of Parliament represent our community, you can contact your representative should you need assistance with any State Government issues:
- Armadale - Hon Tony Buti MLA
- Jandakot - Yaz Mubarakai MLA
- Southern River - Terry Healy MLA
- Thornlie - Chris Tallentire MLA
- Darling Range - Hugh Jones MLA
- Cannington - Hon Bill Johnston MLA
- Forrestfield - Stephen Price MLA
- East Metropolitan Region - Matt Swinbourn MLC
- South Metropolitan Region - Sue Ellery MLC
- South Metropolitan Region - Kate Doust MLC
The Federal or Commonwealth Government is responsible for the conduct of national affairs. Its areas of responsibility are stated in the Australian Constitution and include;
- defence and foreign affairs;
- commerce and currency;
- postal services,
- telecommunications and broadcasting;
- air travel;
- most social services and pensions.
The Federal Government is also involved, mainly through funding, in many things largely carried out by the States, such as health, education, environmental issues, industrial relations, etc.
Should you have any concerns with a Federal Government Department, you can contact me for assistance.
Helpful Government Services
There are a variety of government services available to you.
- In Australia we use MyGov, a simple online system, to access a variety of government services from the Australian Taxation Office, to Centrelink and Medicare. You’ll need a MyGov account to access these services, and you can learn about how to setup an account here: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/online-help/create-mygov-account#:~:text=myGov%20help%20-%20Create%20a%20myGov%20account%201,then%20select%20Next%20.%20...%20More%20items...%20
- If you’re out of work, have moved out of home to study, or have an illness, injury or disability you may be eligible for government assistance. To check if you’re eligible for financial or other support contact Centrelink: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/centrelink
- Australia has a world-class medical system. Medicare is the Australian government system that pays a contribution to your medical costs from General Practitioner visits to surgery and dental. You may be currently covered under your parent or guardians Medicare account, but you can also sign up for your own by following the steps outlined here: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/how-enrol-and-get-started-medicare/setting-your-medicare-online-account
- The Australian Taxation Office
- The Australian Taxation Office or ATO is how the Australian government collects your tax and manages your super. You can learn more about the ATO by visiting their website at: https://www.ato.gov.au/
- Getting a Driver’s License
- Getting a driver’s license is one of the most exciting things about being a school leaver! If you want to learn more about how to get your first driver’s license, how long it takes to learn to drive and what tests you need to pass, you can visit the Department of Transport website at: https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/learn-to-drive-my-first-licence.asp
- Getting a Proof of Age Card
- If you haven’t got a driver’s license yet but still need to prove your age for a job application, buying alcohol, or applying to university, you can order a proof of age card. A proof of age card, or a WA Photo Card, is a card that provides anyone ages 16 or over with a recognised form of personal identity. To learn about the three step process for getting a WA Photo Card you can visit the Department of Transport website at: https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/wa-photo-card.asp
- Getting a Police Clearance
- Sometimes when you’re applying for a job or university, you may need to provide a police clearance or police check, so the organisation can check whether you have a criminal record. You can apply for a national police check on the Australia Federal Police website at: https://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/services/criminal-records/national-police-checks
- You can also apply online or in person at the post office with Australia Post. To learn more visit the Australia Post website at: https://auspost.com.au/police-checks
- WA COVID Hotline - 13 COVID (13 26843). - open 7am - 10pm
- Australian Government health information, advice and support measures
- Western Australian Government health advice, legal restrictions, advice and support measures
- Coronavirus information in your language (SBS)