Australian Citizenship Ceremony

Australian Citizenship Ceremony

Overview

A citizenship ceremony is where you make the Australian citizenship pledge. For most people, this is the final step in the journey to becoming an Australian. The ceremony is usually held within six months of you hearing about your approval and hosted by the City of Armadale.

Applying for Australian citizenship

For further information about applying for citizenship please contact the Department of Home Affairs on:

All applications must be lodged at the Department of Home Affairs - Immigration and citizenship.

I want to book my citizenship ceremony

Congratulations on being approved for Australian citizenship and now you are waiting for your citizenship ceremony to complete your journey.

Booking of all citizenship ceremonies is currently handled by the Department of Home Affairs.

Should you wish to discuss the availability of a ceremony or are wanting to book a ceremony, please contact the Department on:

Public citizenship ceremonies

You will receive a letter of invitation to attend your ceremony from either the City of Armadale or the Department of Home Affairs roughly four weeks before the event.

The invitation will show the date, time and place of the ceremony. You cannot choose where and when to attend your ceremony.

Public citizenship ceremonies being run by the City are scheduled to be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, 26 January 2019
  • Thursday, 28 March 2019
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019
  • Thursday, 25 July 2019
  • Thursday, 19 September 2019
  • Thursday, 7 November 2019

Please note that these dates are subject to change, depending on the number of candidates available at the time.

What happens on the day

You should allow at least two hours for a citizenship ceremony.

Arrive about 30 minutes before the ceremony so you can register and find your seat. The ceremony itself may take about one hour.

Most ceremonies follow a similar order of proceedings.

After you are seated, there will be:

  • A formal introduction
  • Speeches, including a welcome message from the Mayor
  • Minister’s Message
  • An address to participants
  • The pledge
  • National Anthem

The presiding officer will ask you to repeat the Australian citizenship pledge out loud. You will become an Australian citizen after you make the pledge.

You will say the version of pledge that you chose on your application (to God or to Country).

The ceremony may end with light refreshments, and you may be given a small gift.

What to bring to the ceremony

You need to bring your invitation to the ceremony and one form of photo identification:

  • Driver’s licence
  • Passport, or
  • An official document with a photograph

If you do not have photo identification, then bring at least 3 documents showing your name, address and signature:

  • Bank statements
  • Utility bills, or
  • Credit card statements

If you are under 16, you do not need to bring photo identification.

If you want to make the Australian citizenship pledge on a holy book, bring a book with you to the ceremony. The City does not always provide holy books.

What to wear

The ceremony is an important event where you make a commitment to Australia.

You and your guests should be dressed in formal or smart casual clothing, and groomed to reflect its significance.

Taking photographs

Your family and friends can take photographs of you during and after the ceremony. They must not disrupt other participants and their guests.

Please note that the City may take photographs and film the ceremony. Media may attend too.

If we photograph you for promotional purposes, we will ask you for permission to use the images.

Guests

The invitation will tell you how many guests you can invite.

Your guests might have to sit apart from you during the ceremony. Whilst the City -is inclusive and family focused, please ensure any children are well supervised.

Unable to attend

If you cannot attend your citizenship ceremony, follow the instructions in your invitation letter.

If you miss your ceremony, you will receive another invitation from the City or the Department of Home Affairs.

You do not need to contact us.

Citizenship certificate

After you have made the pledge, you should receive your citizenship certificate.

If your certificate is not ready at the ceremony, the Department of Home Affairs will post it to you. You will still become a citizen when you make the pledge.

Your citizenship certificate is issued in the name you gave on your application form. This was your legal name at the time the Department of Home Affairs approved your citizenship.

Your citizenship certificate is an important legal document. You will need it when you apply for an Australian passport.

Lost Certificates

If you have lost your Citizenship Certificate and require a replacement, please go to: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/certificate/get-a-certificate

Further information

For further information relating to Australian citizenship or the citizenship ceremony, please contact the Department of Home Affairs on: