If you are celebrating a special birthday or wedding anniversary you can receive a personal congratulations from the Prime Minister, Governor-General or The Queen.

You can receive a message from the Prime Minister:

  • On your 50th wedding anniversary and every year after
  • On your 90th birthday and every year after

You can receive a message from the Governor-General:

  • On your 50th wedding anniversary and every year after
  • On your 100th birthday and every year after

You can receive a message from The Queen:

  • On your 60th wedding anniversary and every fifth year after
  • On your 100th birthday and every fifth year after
Further information is available here.


Local schools, not-for-profit organisations, Australian exchange students and families of war veterans can request flags for presentation or display.

The available flags are the Australian National Flag, the Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag in the following sizes:

  • 1,370 mm x 685 mm (indoor flag pole size)
  • 1,830 mm x 915 mm (outdoor flagpole size)

Other sizes may also be available on request. If you would like to request a flag, please contact the electorate office on 03 9459 1411 or send Kate an email to kate.thwaites.mp@aph.gov.au.


The easiest way to enrol to vote for the first time or to update your address is via the Australian Electoral Commission website.

You can also visit the electorate office at 37 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg to complete an Enrol to Vote or Update Your Details form.

Further information on enrolling to vote is available here.

IIf you are not sure where you are enrolled to vote, you can check here.


Pensioners and Seniors Kit
This information kit contains helpful information about pension payments and allowances that are available to older Australians and how to access them, including current rates of payment and income and assets test information.

It also includes information on local services and organisations that support older residents.

Please call the office on 03 9459 1411 to request a free copy of the latest Pensioner and Seniors Kit.


Kate wants local community groups to be informed about grants that may support their activities. These are some great grants information links that will allow you to undertake ongoing searches for grants programs.

Kate’s office is always happy to assist and support you to apply for a grant you feel is suited to the work of your organisation. Throughout the year, Kate also sends relevant community groups, schools and clubs an update on major Commonwealth grants programs that are open to application.

For some current grants that are open to application that may be of interest to you, visit the ‘Grants Open’ section of this website here. Please also contact the office on 03 9459 1411 to add your community group’s email address to our Grants Bulletin, which provides information on upcoming grant opportunities.

  • GrantConnect: www.grants.gov.au
    GrantConnect provides a centralised portal for all current Commonwealth grant opportunities.
  • Commonwealth Government Services Portal: www.australia.gov.au
    This portal brings together a vast range of information relating to Commonwealth Government and Services, including available grants.
  • Sport Australia: www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding
    Opportunities for individuals and local sporting organisations to receive grants through Sport Australia to increase participation and excellence in sport – from grass-roots right up to elite level competition.
  • The Funding Centre: www.fundingcentre.com.au
    A great source for not-for-profit community organisations seeking grants and fundraising opportunities. The website tracks active grants opportunities across all levels of Government.
  • Victorian Government Grants Portal: www.vic.gov.au/grants
    A centralised portal for all current Victorian Government grant opportunities.


Kate fights to make sure our community gets its fair share of funding from the Federal Government. It is important to celebrate these local community wins. Here are some of the funding wins we’ve had since the last federal election. 

Note: grants awarded reflect the electoral boundaries from 2019-2022, which did not include Eltham, Eltham North, Research and Kangaroo Ground.

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