The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) Strategic Plan 2014–18 identifies promotion of active citizenship and representation in the democratic process as one of the main strategies in facilitating full participation by culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities in social, economic, cultural and civic activities.
OMI supports programs that build the capacity of CaLD communities, increase empowerment and knowledge, and advance participation in civic institutions and activities.
Key objectives of Civics and Citizenship in WA
The following list can be used as a guide by stakeholders to understand the different roles and responsibilities across government and the community organisations and programs in the area.(Please note: most organisations operate across more than one key objective area)
Celebrate WA presents the Western Australian of the Year Awards and the WA Day Festival that recognise the achievements by Western Australians and encourage pride in the State.
Australia Day WA
ADWA presents the WA Australian of the Year Awards —WA Australian of the Year, WA Young Australian of the year, WA Senior Australian of the Year and WA Local Hero - and the Citizen of the Year Awards through Local Government. ADWA also undertakes engagement and capacity building programs.
WA Local Government
Since the early 1950s successive Commonwealth Governments have accorded local government the role of conferral of Australian Citizenship at Citizenship ceremonies. Citizenship ceremonies provide councils with an opportunity to welcome new citizens as formal members of the Australian community and in particular as members of their local community.
The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia
The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia provides information and a program of exhibitions, seminars and events that support Western Australians to learn about our political system State and Commonwealth Government, and current issues. If you are interested in learning more or attending these programs please contact the Constitutional Centre via the link below.
The Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority
SCSA is responsible for Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum, assessment, standards and reporting. In Civics and Citizenship the key concepts are democracy, democratic values, the Westminster system, justice and participation.
The Australian Curriculum Reporting and Assement AuthorityACRAA sets consistent national standards to improve learning outcomes for all young Australians. The Years 3–10 Civics and Citizenship curriculum is organised into two interrelated strands: Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding, and Civics and Citizenship Skills. www.acara.edu.au/
The McCusker Centre for Citizenship (UWA)
The centre undertakes education, participation and youth-based projects to enable active citizenship in collaboration with UWA students, not-for-profit and community organisations, government and business.
The Commonwealth Department of Social Services
The Australian Government Department of Settlement and Social Services works to improve the wellbeing of migrants and refugees settling in Australia by responding to their needs, encouraging their independence and participation in the Australian community.
WA Electoral Commission
Promotes enrolment and participation of CaLD communities in elections and reduction of informal voting.
Australian Electoral Commission
WA Parlimenary Education Office
PEO manages the promotion, knowledge and understanding of the history, role and functions of the WA Parliament. The office delivers parliamentary education programs for the general public and schools programs that are in accordance with the WA Curriculum and Assessment Outline.
Department of Immigration and Border Protection This Australian Government department is responsible for issuing Australian citizenship and is strengthening the Test for Australian Citizenship that includes introducing an English language test and a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community.