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The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Department of the Attorney General, Government of Western Australia) is responsible for Civil Registrations in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.  It provides a FREE online historic index for the following periods - Births 1841 to 1918; Deaths 1841 to 1905; and Marriages 1841 to 1905.  

To search the WA BDMs (Pioneer Index) Click Here


See Also:
Australian BDM
AUS BDM Exchange [free]
NSW BDMs [free] - (B.1788-1906; D.1788-1976 & M.1788-1956)
VIC BDMs [fee based] - (B.1853 to 1924; D.1853 to 1985; and M.1853 to 1942)
International BDM
International Genealogical Index (IGI) [free]
UK FREEREG [free] - Parish Records from 1538 (incomplete; ongoing)
UK FREEBDM [free] - Civil Registrations 1837-1983 (incomplete; ongoing)
World Connect Database [free]



Western Australia: Swan River Colony was proclaimed 18 June 1829; the following census are available off-line at the Battye Library (SLWA) - 1829, 1832, 1836, 1837 and 1859. 


See Also:
NSW 1841 Census Index [free]
UK Census Collection [fee based] - 1841-1901


Convict Records


Convict Central
Convicts to Western Australia [free]



The Australian Government contracts the provision of educational services on Cocos (Keeling) Islands to the Education Department of WA.   The School has two campuses - Home Island, pre-primary to Year 6; and West Island, pre-primary to Year 10.  About two thirds are primary students, up to year 6 and the remaining one third secondary students in years 7-10.  Approximately three quarters of students have English as a second language while the remainder are expatriate mainland students.  The school operates a bilingual program with tuition in Cocos Malay and English.  English is the language of immersion and Indonesian is offered as part of the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) programme.

Military Records


Australian Army War Diaries
Australian Military Forces (AMF) Prisoner of War and Missing, Far East and South West Pacific Islands
Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files
Commemorative Roll
Honours and Awards
Official Records Database - Memorial's Official Records Collection
Nominal Rolls
Roll of Honour



As at July 2005 the following Western Australian State agencies provide services to the Australian Government for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands under Service Delivery Arrangements:



Services provided

Department for Community Development

Professional supervision and support for the Indian Ocean Territories (IOT) Social Worker to promote responsibility and growth in family and community life and contribute to the protection and care of children.

Information and support to licensed and proposed childcare providers.

Department of Consumer and Employment Protection

Information to business and consumers, and the development and enforcement of consumer protection legislation.

Information to employers and employees, and the development and enforcement of occupational safety and health legislation.

Regulation and monitoring of the IOT mineral industries and the storage, transport and handling of dangerous goods in the IOT.

Department of Culture and the Arts

Broad policy and planning services, arts development services (including art funding administration), art gallery services, museums services, and cultural planning services.

Disability Services Commission

Support and services to people with disabilities in the IOT.

Department of Education and Training

Monitoring and assessment of the compliance of IOT vocational and adult education and training providers with legislative requirements. Registration and monitoring of IOT apprentices and trainees.

Office of Energy

Advice on energy policy and regulatory matters in the IOT.

Department of the Environment

Provision of environmental protection services for the IOT.

Equal Opportunity Commission

Information and advice on equal opportunity and human rights issues and the investigation of complaints under the applied equal opportunity legislation.

Fire and Emergency Services Authority

Support to volunteer brigades including planning, training, and equipment.

Community education on safety issues, and compliance with building safety requirements.

Department of Fisheries

Procedural and technical advice in relation to aquaculture proposals and management of fish resources.

Department of Health

Regulatory, advisory and other support services as required in the delivery of whole-of-health services.

Office of Health Review

Handling of complaints about the provision of health services in the IOT.

Department of Housing and Works

Advice and support to the Administration Housing Unit for the effective management and administration of social housing and some other Australian Government-owned properties in the IOT.

Department of Industry and Resources

Registration of IOT mineral titles and monitoring of royalty payments.

Department of Justice

Access to the justice system including:

  • Court Services;
  • Offender Management;
  • Registry Office;
  • Crown Solicitor's Office; and
  • Public Advocate.

Department of Land Information

Land information services, including registration of title, and geographic and cadastral information.

Impartial valuation services supporting asset management and revenue collection.

Legal Aid Commission

Quality legal services to those in need, and assistance to the community in accessing justice.

Department of Local Government and Regional Development

Ensuring compliance with applied local government legislation, and facilitating the development of local government for the elected body, and the communities.

Main Roads WA

Provision of road funding and traffic management in cooperation with local government.

Medical Board of WA

Monitors the conduct of doctors and the standards of medical treatment provided in the IOT according to applied legislation.

Nurses Board of WA

Regulates the practice of nurses in accordance with applied legislation to ensure appropriate and safe standards of nursing care are promoted and maintained in the IOT.

Parliamentary Commissioner for Administrative Investigations (State Ombudsman)

Provides a system for handling complaints about the administrative actions of State government agencies in the IOT which are within the Commissioner's jurisdiction.

Department for Planning and Infrastructure

Planning, legal and administrative advice to ensure the use and development of land in the IOT is consistent with strategic planning, policy guidelines and planning standards.

Provision of advice and assistance to the Australian Government on a broad range of transport issues.

Administration of Crown land in the IOT.

Public Trustee Office

Trustee services, including the preparation of wills and provision of executor and administrator services for IOT residents.

Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor

Liquor licensing services, including compliance audits and investigations.

Small Business Development Corporation

Provision of specialised information, referral and business facilitation services, and representation of small business interests in WA policy development.

State Library of WA

Provides IOT local authorities and associated bodies with leadership, library materials, information and support services.

Department of Treasury and Finance

Collects and remits State-type revenue to the Australian Government in accordance with applied legislation.

Provides purchasing, contracting and consulting solutions to the Australian Government as required.

Work Cover

Administers the applied workers' compensation legislation for the benefit of injured workers.


Source: Department of Transport and Regional Services (DOTARS) Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2007



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