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Australian citizenship ceremonies

Council hold Australian citizenship ceremonies throughout the year. 

The ceremonies scheduled on 10 June and 29 July 2021 have been cancelled due to COVID restrictions. 

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.

We hold ceremonies approximately every 8 weeks. Ceremonies begin at 6.30pm.

There is parking at the Centre.

2021 dates

The following in-person ceremonies are scheduled to take place, subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Thursday 23 September
  • Wednesday 27 October
  • Thursday 9 December.

The venue for the ceremony on 29 July has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Your invitation

The Department of Home Affairs will send you an invitation about 3 – 4 weeks before your ceremony.

Your invitation will include the:

  • ceremony date
  • time
  • paperwork you should bring for identification purposes.

Council will subsequently contact you by letter with your allocated candidate registration time. 

If you cannot attend your citizenship ceremony, contact the Department Home Affairs. Their contact details are in your invitation letter.

You do not need to contact Council.

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 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 need to bring at least three documents that include your name and address and signature.

These could be:

  • credit cards
  • bills
  • bank statements.

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

Please note if you don't supply the required identification you are unable 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.

COVID safety

The Citizenship Ceremony is a COVIDSafe activity.

Any restrictions or regulations will be in place in accordance with the current Victoria State Government guidelines available on the DHHS website.

All attendees, including children and guests are required to check in for contact tracing purposes before entering the venue with the venue QR code. The Services Victoria app will be used for check in.

Please also follow COVIDSafe recommendations:

  • If you have cold-like symptoms, including a fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, chills, shortness of breath or loss of sense of smell or taste, do not attend the Citizenship Ceremony.
  • Do not attend the ceremony if under isolation
  • Provide contact tracing details
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Wear face masks and minimize movement

Need help?

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

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

Or call our Customer Service team on 9298 8000.

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