How to apply to become an Australian citizen
The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection is responsible for everything to do with Australian citizenship.
To apply to become an Australian citizen you need to contact the Department on 131 880.
Kingborough Citizenship Ceremonies
When you are granted Australian citizenship, you will receive a letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Kingborough Council will advise candidates of the next ceremony by letter two weeks before the date of the Ceremony.
Generally, your Citizenship Ceremony will be held at your local Council within 6 months of your application being approved, although waiting times can vary.
You must attend the Citizenship Ceremony as the final phase of being granted Australian citizenship.
Kingborough Council conducts Citizenship Ceremonies approximately every three months to present new citizens with their Certificate of Australian Citizenship.
What happens at a Citizenship Ceremony?
At the Citizenship Ceremony you are required to pledge your allegiance to Australia and its laws. The pledge you say will be the one you chose on your application form.
You are then presented with a Certificate of Australian Citizenship, which formally represents conferral of Australian citizenship.
Who attends Citizenship Ceremonies
The Mayor of Kingborough presides over Citizenship Ceremonies and politicians both Federal and State members are also invited.
You are welcome to bring two guests to the ceremony to share this special occasion.
What to bring to a Citizenship Ceremony
You need to bring a form of photo identification, for example, a passport or driver’s licence.
Time and location of Citizenship Ceremonies
Ceremonies take about one hour and are held within the Kingborough municipality.
You must arrive about 30 minutes before the ceremony so that you can register before the ceremony begins.
Upcoming Citizenship Ceremony Dates
- Thursday, 26 January 2017
- Thursday, 4 May 2017
- Wednesday, 2 August 2017
- Tuesday, 31 October 2017