Aboriginal and Australian Flags
Aboriginal and Australian Flags

Becoming a citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people. It gives a sense of belonging as you fully participate in all aspects of Australian life and means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for.

The final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen is to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at an Australian citizenship ceremony. Once an application for citizenship has been approved you are invited to attend a ceremony, where you make the Australian Citizenship Pledge. Ceremonies are arranged by City of Canada Bay around six months after application approved. A letter of invitation is sent by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Citizenship ceremonies are special events. They fulfil requirements under Australian citizenship law. They also provide an important opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community.

For more information about becoming an Australian citizen visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website or contact them on 131 880.

Important information

  • Council holds names of those attending an upcoming ceremony only, approximately three weeks prior to the date of the ceremony.
  • Council holds 11-12 ceremonies per year (dates are subject to change).
  • Wait times from receiving your letter to being assigned to a Ceremony is approximately six (6) months.
  • Council does not issue invitations to ceremonies, that is handled by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
  • All confirmations regarding attendance to ceremonies must be made to the Mayor's Office on 9911 6503.
  • Ceremonies are held at The Connection, 30 Shoreline Drive (cnr Gauthorpe Street) Rhodes, unless otherwise stated on the invitations sent by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
  • Ceremonies are by invitation only and not open to the public (due to seating limitations).
  • The dress code for Ceremonies is smart casual.
  • Ceremonies usually last an hour from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
  • Children are welcome.
  • If a child receiving a Citizenship Certificate is under the age of 16, they are not obliged to attend the ceremony. The parents can collect the Certificate on their behalf.
  • All grantees must stay for the duration of the Ceremony and not leave prior to its conclusion and singing of the National Anthem.
  • Grantees are requested to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of  proceedings as the Ceremony begins at 6.30pm sharp and an enrolment form must be completed prior to commencement of the ceremony.  
  • Latecomers will not be able to receive their Certificate and must contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to arrange an alternative ceremony date.
  • If you are unable to attend your assigned ceremony, you will be reassigned to a ceremony at a later date by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Please note, City of Canada Bay has no role in the processing or determination of citizenship applications or holding of citizenship tests. For enquiries or information on the status of your application, allocation to ceremony dates, the need for urgent citizenship ceremonies, or to download an application kit, contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by telephoning the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 or visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Page last updated on: 01/12/17

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