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Understanding civics and citizenship

OMI’s Civics and Citizenship Workshops improve your community’s understanding of Australia’s political system, citizenship rights and responsibilities, and explain how you can get involved in government decision-making processes.

The workshops are held in partnership with the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia, Electoral Education Centre and Australia Day WA.

The workshops will give you and your community the knowledge, understanding and skills to fully participate in civic life as active citizens in Australian society.

What’s included

The workshops cover a range of topics including:

  • how to enrol to vote and how to become a candidate for election
  • how Australian and Western Australian Parliamentary systems work and how laws are made
  • the Australian Constitution
  • who Australia’s main political parties are
  • how to make your voice heard and make your vote count.

Are you interested?

If you are interested in having a Civics and Citizenship Workshop for your community, contact OMI to put together a workshop to best suit your community’s needs.

The workshops run for three hours and can take place during office hours, after hours or on weekends.

They can be held at the Constitutional Centre in West Perth, the OMI offices in Perth CBD or at your community hall or centre.

For more information contact (08) 6551 8700 or email

Voting is different this federal election

You may also be aware that the Australian Parliament recently passed changes to the way you vote for senators and these changes will apply at the upcoming 2016 federal election.

This is the most significant change to Australia’s democratic system in some time and will affect all Australian citizens ages 18 years and over.

For details read: Voting is different this federal election (PDF format) or for information in 27 languages about enrolling and voting. Go to The Australian Electoral Commission translated information to find out more