Active citizenship and representation in the democratic process are keys to full participation in Western Australia's economic, cultural and civic activities. Find out why they are important and where to find out more.
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.
Facilitating citizens to become full and active members of their political and social community.
Education to provide the practical knowledge and
understanding of how 'the system' works, and the rights and
responsibilities of both citizens and governments.
Creating the partnerships between government and citizens that put the public into policy.
Developing public trust and confidence in the democratic process and institutions.
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 in recognition of excellence and outstanding contribution to WA; and delivers the WA Day Festival engaging tens of thousands of Western Australians across the state,
in celebration of all Western Australians, recognising our Aboriginal history and the many people from all cultures who have made, and continue to make, WA their home.
Celebrate WA website
Auspire 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. Auspire also delivers the Aussie of the Month program which is a primary school based civics and citizenship program to recognise and celebrate active citizenship in our schools. Auspire also undertakes engagement
and capacity building programs.
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 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.
Constitutional Centre website
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority 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.
School Curriculum and Standards Authority website
The Australian Curriculum Reporting and Assessment Authority 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.
Australian Curriculum website
The centre undertakes education, participation and youth-based projects to enable active citizenship in collaboration with the University of WA students, not-for-profit and community organisations, government and business.
McCusker Center for Citizenship website
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
Department of Social Services website
Promotes enrolment and participation of CaLD communities in elections and reduction of informal voting.
WA Electoral Commission website
Australian Electoral Commission website
The Parliamentary Education Office 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.
Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) website
Australian Government department is responsible for immigration and citizenship, travel and border crossing, visas, and settling in Australia. This department also provides grants to strengthen Australia's cultural diversity.