Citizenship ceremonies

Council holds a ceremony each year on Australia Day in the Council Chambers. Usually another two or three ceremonies are held throughout the year, also in the Council Chambers. You must attend a citizenship ceremony and make your pledge to Australia to become a citizen. Children under the age of 16 are exempt.

The process of obtaining citizenship

To become an become an Australian citizen, you need to contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), who are responsible for assessing your eligibility and application. If you are eligible, you will need to obtain an Australian Citizenship Pack, complete the paperwork and pay a fee. All this information is available on the DIBP website. You can also call 131 880. Council is not involved in the processing of applications. To check on how your application is proceeding, you should contact the DIBP.

Council’s role in obtaining citizenship

When the DIBP advises you in writing that your application has been approved, they will also contact us. We will then invite you in writing to attend our next ceremony.

Bringing families and friends to the ceremony

You are welcome to bring family and friends. Numbers are limited to two guests per person due to the space available in the Council Chambers.

Page last updated: 17 May 2017