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Australian citizenship ceremonies

Council hold Australian citizenship ceremonies throughout the year. 

Australian citizenship ceremonies

Council hold Australian citizenship ceremonies throughout the year.

All enquiries about becoming an Australian citizen should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881.

About citizenship ceremonies

Attending a citizenship ceremony is the final step in the journey to becoming an Australian citizen and receiving your Certificate of Australian Citizenship.

COVID-19 update

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, there is a wait list for citizenship ceremonies.

The Department of Home Affairs manages the wait list and will contact you when it is your turn to attend a ceremony.

Small in-person ceremonies have commenced. All attendees over 18 years old will need to be double COVID-19 vaccinated and be able to provide proof of vaccination, unless you have a medical exemption.

Accepted forms of proof of vaccination are:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate via the Service Victoria app
  • COVID-19 digital certificate saved to a smartphone wallet
  • printed copy of COVID-19 digital certificate together with a valid photo ID
  • printed copy of immunisation history statement together with a valid photo ID
  • medical exemption together with a valid photo ID.

If you cannot meet the vaccination or medical exemption requirements, contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881.

Your invitation

The Department of Home Affairs will send you an invitation about 3 weeks before your ceremony.

Your invitation will include the following information:

  • ceremony date
  • paperwork you must bring for identification purposes

Council will subsequently contact invited candidates with their allocated arrival time. If you cannot attend your citizenship ceremony, contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881. You do not need to contact Council.

Updating your details

If your personal details have changed and you applied online, please update via your ImmiAccount. This includes changes to your address or contact details.

If you applied on paper or are unable to update online please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881.

The day of your ceremony

You need to bring the letter sent to you by Council and photo identification. If you don't show the required identification you cannot become a citizen at the ceremony.

If you want to make your Australian citizenship pledge on a holy book, you can bring one to the ceremony. Council does not provide holy books.

Identification

Accepted forms of photo identification:

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

If you do not have any form of photographic identification you need to bring at least three documents that include your name and address and signature.

These documents could be:

  • credit cards
  • bills
  • bank statements.

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

You must supply the required identification to become a citizen.

Dress code

There is a dress code for people attending ceremonies. It is a formal requirement and designed to reflect the significance of becoming an Australian citizen.

We encourage smart casual attire or national/traditional/cultural dress.

We strongly discourage:

  • beachwear (bathers)
  • bare feet
  • clothes with slogans or images that may cause offence or distress.

We will refuse entry to the ceremony or ask you to change if your outfit poses:

  • a risk to your health and safety
  • an unreasonable risk of causing significant offence and/or distress to other attendees.

This decision is made by the Chief Executive Officer (or their representative at the Ceremony) and the Mayor.

Need help?

All enquiries about becoming an Australian citizen should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881.

For more information about citizenship ceremonies or the dress code, contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Customer Service team on 9298 8000.

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