Citizenship Ceremonies

How to become an Australian Citizen

Before you can become an Australian citizen, you need to first contact the federal Department of Immigration and Border Protection to find out if you meet the criteria. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday and can be contacted directly on 131 881.

If you are eligible, you'll be asked to complete an application form, pay a fee and attend a short interview.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection notify us once applications for citizenships have been approved.  We will provide you with a ceremony date and send you a letter of invitation to attend a Citizenship ceremony held at our Council Administration Building, and conducted by our Mayor.

What to Bring to the Ceremony

You are required to bring with you, photographic identification – a current driver’s licence or passport is sufficient. These documents are required as proof of identification to take part in the Ceremony and for completion of an Electoral Enrolment Form (further information is available from the Australian Electoral Commission).

Please Note: children under 16 years of age do not need to provide identification.

What happens at the Ceremony

A citizenship ceremony consists of:

  • Mayor’s welcome
  • Reading the minister’s message
  • Citizenship preamble
  • Citizenship pledge by you
  • Presentation of citizenship certificates
  • The Australian National Anthem

You would have nominated which Pledge you are making when you filled out your application form with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The DIBP has advised us of your nominated Pledge and you will receive your nominated Pledge card at the Ceremony.

At the ceremony you will: