Citizenship ceremonies

Council holds a ceremony each year on Australia Day in the Council Chambers. Usually another two or three ceremonies are held throughout the year, also in the Council Chambers. You must attend a citizenship ceremony and make your pledge to Australia to become a citizen. Children under the age of 16 are exempt.

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.

The process of obtaining citizenship

To become an Australian citizen, please contact the Department of Home Affairs. They are responsible for assessing your eligibility and application - Council is not involved in the processing of applications.

If you are eligible, you will need to obtain an Australian Citizenship Pack, complete the paperwork and pay a fee to the Department of Home Affairs. To check the progress of your application, contact the Department of Home Affairs or call 131 880.

Council’s role in obtaining citizenship

When the Department of Home Affairs advises you in writing that your application has been approved, they will also contact us. We will then invite you in writing to attend our next ceremony.

Bringing families and friends to the ceremony

You are welcome to bring family and friends. Numbers are limited to two guests per person due to the space available in the Council Chambers.

Page last updated: 17 January 2019