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New Australian citizens attending a citizenship ceremony at Knox Civic Centre

Australian Citizenship

All enquiries regarding becoming an Australian Citizen should be directed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will write to you when your application has been approved to become a Citizen.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection provides Council with the names of candidates who are scheduled to become Citizens prior to each Ceremony. Council has no input into who attends a Ceremony.

Citizenship

Australian Citizenship Ceremonies are held at the Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South.

All ceremonies commence at 6:30pm - 8:00pm, except for the Australia Day Ceremony which commences at 3:00pm.

2017 Citizenship dates

  • Thursday, 26 January 2017 (Australia Day) - commences at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, 15 March 2017
  • Thursday, 27 April 2017
  • Tuesday, 27 June 2017
  • Monday, 21 August 2017
  • Thursday, 5 October 2017
  • Monday, 20 November 2017

What to bring to a ceremony

Australia Day Ceremony


Candidates are asked to arrive between 1:45pm to 2:45pm to allow enough time to provide and verify their photo identification and register. The Ceremony commences at 3:00pm. Please note the venue will not be open to the public prior to 1:45pm.

Evening Ceremonies


Candidates are asked to arrive between 5:15pm to 6:15pm to allow enough time for candidates to provide and verify their photo identification and register. The Ceremony commences at 6:30pm.

What to bring


Your letter of invitation (sent to you by the Department of Immigration & Border Protection) and photo identification.

Please note if you don't supply the required appropriate identification you are unable to become a citizen.

Appropriate forms of photo identification are:

  • a driver's licence, or
  • a passport, or
  • another official document which includes a photograph

If you do not have any form of photographic identification you will need to bring at least three documents with you that include your name and address and signature, such as credit cards, bills and bank statements.

Children under 16 years of age do not need to provide identification.

Frequently Asked Questions about Citizenship

What are the contact details for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection?


Phone 131-880 or visit the website www.citizenship.gov.au, or write to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Citizenship Section, GPO Box 241, Melbourne Vic 3001 or visit the Department's office in person at Level 2, 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Vic 3000.

How will I know when I should attend a Ceremony?


If your Citizenship application has been successful, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will write to you well in advance, advising you of the details including the date, time and venue of the Citizenship Ceremony to be held at Knox Civic Centre, as well as the paperwork you should bring for identification.

If you are unable to attend the Ceremony on the advised date, you will need to contact the Department to make them aware as soon as possible.

How frequently are the Ceremonies held at Knox City Council?


Ceremonies are held approximately every 6 - 8 weeks at the Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South.

What time do the Ceremonies start and how long do they last for?


Evening Ceremonies commence at 6:30pm and conclude at approximately 7:45pm. It is suggested that candidates and their guests are seated by approximately 6:15pm.

Can I bring family or friends to watch?


Yes, you are welcome to bring family and friends along for support. Due to limited seating space, we do suggest that a limit of approximately three people per family attend. This will ensure everyone will be able to have a seat to watch the Ceremony. Guests are not required to provide identification, only candidates obtaining citizenship.

Parking at the Civic Centre?


Yes, there is unrestricted parking around the Civic Centre Precinct.

What happens at the end of the Ceremony? Do I have to stay until the very end?


New citizens and guests are welcome to stay for complimentary refreshments at the conclusion of the Ceremony, however you are not obliged to stay to the very end of the Ceremony once you have received your Certificate from the Mayor.

What do I have to wear?


You are at liberty to wear whatever you like to the Ceremony.

Can I bring my own Bible if I am swearing an Oath?


Yes, you are welcome to bring your own Bible if you wish.

How many people usually receive their Citizenship at each Ceremony?


Ceremonies held at Knox Civic Centre have an average of 120-135 candidates receiving Citizenship.

For more information

If you have any further queries about Citizenship Ceremonies held at Knox Civic Centre, please call Robyn Sommers on 9298 8000.

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