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.