My office can provide you with assistance and advice on a range of Federal Government services including education, Medicare, Centrelink, immigration, passports and grant programs. If you need help in any of these areas, please don’t hesitate to contact my office on 02 9750 9088
Suburbs that are completely in my electorate include Ashbury, Belfield, Belmore, Burwood Heights, Campsie, Chullora, Croydon Park, Enfield, Greenacre, Lakemba, Mount Lewis, Punchbowl, Roselands, Strathfield South and Wiley Park.
Suburbs that are partly in my electorate include Ashfield, Bankstown, Beverly Hills, Canterbury, Croydon, Hurlstone Park, Kingsgrove, Lidcombe, Narwee, Riverwood and Summer Hill.
Check the map below to see if you are in my electorate.
Do you volunteer or work with a local community group? There are currently grants available to groups within the Watson electorate. To find out more go here: www.tonyburke.com.au/strongercommunities
Do you need help with a Centrelink issue? The Centrelink phone numbers are listed here. If you need help with languages, translations, hearing or speech impairment when talking to Centrelink, see this useful page here. If you require further assistance my office is happy to help you on 9750 9088
Do you need help with immigration, passports, citizenship, visa or travel documents? You can call immigration on 131 881 or visit the website here http://border.gov.au/. If you have further questions and need assistance you can call my office on 9750 9088.
Do you require a JP? Members of my electorate office are authorised to witness and attest documents. A JP will generally be available Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.
Watson is one of the most colourful and multicultural areas in Australia. I've lived here all my life, been the local member since 2004, and have seen the suburb grow and change to represent the face of modern multicultural Australia. Half of the people in Watson were born overseas. English is the only language of 27.2% of people living in Watson. Other languages spoken are Arabic, Greek, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Italian.
Lakemba in Watson was the site of the Walk for Respect - a massive event which turned the tide of the Government's attacks on 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in 2014, and the site of a celebration of 3,000 people in 2017.
Watson electorate is named after Named after John Watson (1867–1941), Prime Minister of Australia 27 April–12 August 1904.
Council contact details: https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au or 9707 9000
State Member for Lakemba, Jihad Dib 9759 5000
State Member for Canterbury, Sophie Cotsis 9718 1234
Police Emergency 000
Local police non-emergency, 58 Campsie Street, Campsie 2194 9784 9399
Local Centrelink, 19-21 Anglo Rd, Campsie NSW 2194 13 24 68
Translation services 131 450
Sydney Women's Counselling Centre 9718 1955
Bankstown Women's Health Centre 9790 137
NSW Domestic Violence Lin 1800 65 64 63
Legal Aid 1300 888 529
Metro Assist 9789 3744
NDIS 1800 054 312
Immigration 131 881
Passport Office 131 232
Lifeline 13 11 14
Community directory: https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/community/community-services/community-directory
To enrol for the first time or get back on the roll, you can enrol online.
Click here for more details: www.aec.gov.au/enrol
You will need to provide evidence of your identity. You can use your driver's licence, Australian passport number or have someone who is enrolled confirm your identity. Please note that the AEC cannot accept any other forms of identification, such as 18+ or Proof of Age cards.
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Please fill in the below form to receive a congratulatory message.
Anniversaries are a very special time in our lives and should be celebrated. The State and Federal Governments in Australia have an arrangement to properly recognise certain anniversaries by way of messages from elected leaders and officials.
If you have an anniversary or birthday milestone coming up please fill in the form.
Special recognition of significant wedding and birthday milestones. Australians who are eligible for a congratulatory message (see below section for more information) can receive personal congratulations from the their local Federal Member, State Member, Prime Minister, Governor-General or The Queen.
The Prime Minister will send a message of congratulations to people turning 90 years of age or more. The Queen and Governor-General will send a message on a 100th birthday. On request, the Prime Minister and the Governor-General will write again every year and The Queen will write again every five years.
The Prime Minister and Governor-General send messages to couples celebrating 50 years of marriage and subsequent wedding anniversaries. The Queen sends messages to couples celebrating 60 years of marriage and will write every five years after that on request.
Note: Messages from The Queen can be arranged for couples or individuals who did not receive a message on their 60th wedding anniversary or on their 100th birthday, as the case may be.
If you live in the Watson electorate (please see the map above), you can make a request for an anniversary message by filling in the form on this page.
You will need to provide supporting documentation like birth certificates or marriage certificates. If these are not available you can provide a statutory declaration. Statutory declaration forms are available at my office.
Where appropriate, your request to the Prime Minister will be passed on to the Governor-General and The Queen so you only have to make one application.
To arrange a message from the State Premier you should contact the office of your local state parliamentarian.
You can make arrangements for anniversary messages up to two months before the celebration.
You can request a belated message up to one month after the birthday or wedding anniversary has passed.
For eligible occasions, requests received within six months after the occasion will be passed to Government House in Canberra for their consideration for a belated message from The Queen.
Anniversary messages can be delivered directly to the recipient or to a care-of address for surprises.