There are regular citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The Department issues a monthly list of citizenship approvals from which ceremonies are scheduled. Due to the number of citizenships the city processes, the waiting period for a ceremony can be 3-4 months. Invitations are mailed approximately six weeks prior to the ceremony.
Candidates are required to register prior to the ceremony and provide their letter of approval from DIAC and photographic identification (e.g. driver’s license or passport).
They may also bring a holy book or scripture of choice if taking the Oath pledge (referring to God).
Due to capacity restrictions at the venue and the number of candidates receiving citizenship per ceremony, only one guest per individual is permitted.
The Citizenship Ceremony takes approximately an hour followed by light refreshments.
Children 16 years and over are required to attend the ceremony and take the pledge in order to become an Australian citizen. Children under the age of 16 are not required to take the pledge but are welcome to attend. Their certificate will be included with a parent.
Any questions regarding citizenship applications, urgent citizenship ceremonies or lost certificates should be directed to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on 131 880. Australian citizenship application packages can be downloaded from the link below.
Passport queries are dealt with by Passports Australia at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - telephone 131 232. Passport application forms can be downloaded from the Australian Passport Information link below.
Please contact the Mayor’s office on 9397 3281 for any other queries regarding citizenship ceremonies.