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Understand who does what

With three levels of government, understanding who does what can get very confusing... There is a bit of overlap, but, in a nutshell, we have:
FEDERAL
Responsible for issues that affect all Australians (national issues)
Post, telephones and the internet, Money, Immigration, Defence

STATE & TERRITORY
Responsible for issues that affect people in that state or territory
Public transport, Schools, Hospitals, Public housing, Roads, Housing Planning

LOCAL
Responsible for issues that affect local communities
Rubbish, Parks, Sports fields and Swimming pools, Pet control, Parking, Libraries, Local Roads, Local Buildings, Permits

Representatives from all levels of government are listed at this website 'Our Community'

Source of information: Parlimentary Education Office

Local issues at election time

Our OneStreet group collectively took an interest in our local candidates at our recent local government elections.

We were able to contact our existing Councillors through the email addresses or phone numbers supplied on our council's website.

It was a bit harder to get to know the candidates - but google searches, facebook (looking at their past actions BEFORE becoming a candidate), and meet the candidates' events were very informative, allowing us to make informed decisions about who we thought would uphold our values and principles.

All very helpful as we took our opinions and learnings to the voting booth.

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Understand who does what

With three levels of government, understanding who does what can get very confusing... There is a bit of overlap, but, in a nutshell, we have:
FEDERAL
Responsible for issues that affect all Australians (national issues)
Post, telephones and the internet, Money, Immigration, Defence

STATE & TERRITORY
Responsible for issues that affect people in that state or territory
Public transport, Schools, Hospitals, Public housing, Roads, Housing Planning

LOCAL
Responsible for issues that affect local communities
Rubbish, Parks, Sports fields and Swimming pools, Pet control, Parking, Libraries, Local Roads, Local Buildings, Permits

Representatives from all levels of government are listed at this website 'Our Community'

Source of information: Parlimentary Education Office

Local issues at election time

Our OneStreet group collectively took an interest in our local candidates at our recent local government elections.

We were able to contact our existing Councillors through the email addresses or phone numbers supplied on our council's website.

It was a bit harder to get to know the candidates - but google searches, facebook (looking at their past actions BEFORE becoming a candidate), and meet the candidates' events were very informative, allowing us to make informed decisions about who we thought would uphold our values and principles.

All very helpful as we took our opinions and learnings to the voting booth.

Links & Resources

Video: Three levels of Government

It can be hard to get your head around the levels of government.

This video has been made by 'Behind the News' to show in simple terms how the three levels work.
Levels of Government video

LGAs in Australia - MAP

A map showing the boundaries of the LGAs in Australia is available for viewing.

Click the button below, then in the 'Choose a Boundary Type' dropdown, select '2021 Local Government Area (LGA)' and place your postcode in the 'Find address or place'.

There are other boundaries available through this map as well - Commonwealth Electoral Division, State Electoral Division and more.
Boundaries Map
NOTE: We are not affiliated with nor do we endorse any of the above resources. If you discover any to be sub-par, please contact us and let us know.

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