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70 Years

Australian Citizenship

All enquiries regarding becoming an Australian Citizen should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.

The Department of Home Affairs will write to you when your application has been approved to become a Citizen.

The Department of Home Affairs 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.


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

Celebrating 70 Years of Citizenship

On 26 January 2019, the Australian Government will mark 70 years since Australian citizenship was introduced into law, creating for the first time a legal status of being uniquely Australian.

For 70 years, citizens have been working together to build a strong, united and prosperous Australia.

All citizens commit to Australia and its people, working together to increase the prosperity of our nation. In 2019 we celebrate the diverse stories of our citizens, the values that we share and the history we create together.

Find out more at www.homeaffairs.gov.au/auscitz70

Australia Day 2019 Citizenship Ceremony

Saturday, 26 January 2019 commencing at 11:15am

Candidates are welcome to bring family and friends along for support. Due to limited seating space, it is suggested that a limit of approximately three people per family attend.

140 Candidates will become citizens at this ceremony.

The Civic Centre will open at 9:45am for registration purposes. Candidates are asked to register between 9:45am – 11am.

All candidates are required to register, provide photo identification and confirm their identity. Candidates will also be advised of their final legal requirement to become a citizen and be allocated a name tag when registered.

Candidates and guests are advised that the Function Room doors won’t open until approximately 11am due to the Knox Local Australia Day Awards being held prior to the Citizenship Ceremony.

After registering Candidates are guests are welcome to:

  • Join the Flag Raising Ceremony being held at the front of the Civic Centre at 10:15am
  • Are welcome to gather in the Atrium until the Function Rooms open.
  • Are asked to take their seats in the Function Rooms when opened at approximately 11am, the Ceremony will commence at 11:15am
  • Attend a light lunch at the conclusion of the ceremony.

What to bring to the ceremony

What to bring

Your printed letter of invitation (sent to you by the Department of Home Affairs) and photo identification.

Please note if you don't supply the required 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.

2019 Citizenship Ceremonies

Candidate registration between 5:00pm - 6:15pm. Ceremonies commence at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Thursday, 16 May 2019
Thursday, 11 July 2019
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 (Citizenship Day)
Thursday, 21 November 2019

Frequently Asked Questions about Citizenship

What are the contact details for the Department of Home Affairs?

Phone 131 880 or visit the website on the link provided at the bottom of this page, or visit the Department's office in person at 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 Home Affairs 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 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 7:30pm. 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 Presiding Officer.

What do I have to wear?

Smart casual dress.

Can I bring my own Holy Book?

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

How many people usually receive their Citizenship at each Ceremony?

Ceremonies held at the Knox Civic Centre have on average 135 candidates receiving their 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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