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 In 1901, Australia became a constitutional democracy with the formation of our federation. This meant that people formally became a part of the decision-making process.

 In a democracy such as ours, it is essential that people have a good understanding of how the system of government works.

 This section outlines some of the basic elements of our system of democracy, how the Constitution works, voting procedures, and the workings of our State Parliament in Western Australia.

 It is designed to give you a quick and easy reference to the fundamentals of our system of government.


Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.