Information for new Citizens

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.

Click here to enrol, it really does make a difference. 

Three tiers of Government. 

In Western Australia we have three tiers of Government all with varied responsibilities; Local, State and Federal.

Local Government 

In order to gain your Citizenship, you likely attended a ceremony at the City of Gosnells, or the City of Armadale.

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

Contacts:

City of Armadale 

Opening Hours Monday to Friday 8.15am to 4.45pm
Main Switchboard 08 9394 5000
Email info@armadale.wa.gov.au
ABN 79 863 269 538
Postal Address Locked Bag 2
Armadale
Western Australia 6992
Physical Address 7 Orchard Avenue
Armadale

City of Gosnells

  Email: council@gosnells.wa.gov.au
  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

 

State Government:

The work of the State Government is varied, the roles and responsibilities of State Government include: 

    • Public housing
    • Criminal/civil law
    • Development
    • 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:

Federal Government: 

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;
    • trade,
    • commerce and currency;
    • immigration;
    • 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. 

COVID-19 information