How will I know when my Citizenship Ceremony will be conducted?
Once your application for citizenship has been approved, you will receive a letter from the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. Council will be notified by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and will contact your ceremony on the next available date. If you need to attend a citizenship ceremony by a particular date, please advise the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in writing or call 131 881.
What is Australian Citizenship?
Australian citizenship symbolises our unity as a nation. It represents commitment to Australia and its people, the values we share and our common future. It also symbolises the sense of belonging to the country where we have been born or where we have decided to make our home.
How do I become an Australian Citizen?
To become an Australian Citizen start the process by contacting the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Information Line on:
131 880 or follow the link to the website for further details: www.citizenship.gov.au
Once the application has been processed, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship will notify you by letter of the date and timing of your Ceremony. To enquire about your Ceremony date, call the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.
Australian Citizenship Ceremonies
Becoming an Australian citizen is something to celebrate. Citizenship ceremonies mark this important milestone in the lives of new citizens.
Citizenship ceremonies have an important symbolic role because they formally welcome new citizens from many cultures into the Australian family. The ceremony is a formal part of the citizenship process. You become an Australian citizen on the date you attend the citizenship ceremony and make the Pledge of commitment to Australia. Usually, ceremonies are hosted by local government councils in a town hall or other building of significance.
Once your application for citizenship has been approved, you will receive a letter with details of your citizenship ceremony. Generally it can take up to a few months, depending on where you live. If you need to attend a citizenship ceremony by a particular date, please advise your local office of the Department in writing.
Ceremonies may vary slightly but the main elements are:
- Official welcome
- An address by a special guest or the Mayor
- Pledge of commitment to Australia
- Presentation of certificates of Australian citizenship
- Presentation of a gift to all new citizens
- Singing of the national anthem, Advance Australia Fair
Where do I find more information about becoming an Australian Citizen?
For further information on becoming an Australian Citizen contact the following:
- The Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 if in Australia
- Visit the Citizenship Website at www.citizenship.gov.au
- Visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website at www.immi.gov.au