Yamatji-Noongar woman and Greens senator Dorinda Cox has been officially sworn in to parliament, becoming the first Indigenous woman to represent Western Australia in the upper house.

Wearing a traditional kangaroo skin cloak and flanked by fellow Greens Senators Lidia Thorpe and Mehreen Faruqi, Senator Cox made the affirmation of allegiance in the Senate on Monday morning.

The new senator has previously said she wants to see action on climate change at the front and centre of the agenda as federal parliament resumes this week.

Senator Cox said the impact of climate change will disproportionately affect regional communities and First Nations people.

The senator has also said she will continue to advocate for women’s safety issues and for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women in WA.