Becoming an Australian Citizen
Becoming an Australian Citizen symbolises your commitment to Australia, its people and the values that we share. Australian Citizenship represents the unity and sense of belonging to the country you have chosen to call home.
How do I become an Australian Citizen?
When you make the decision to become an Australian Citizen, you will first need to contact the Department of Home Affairs. The information line is 133 177. Alternatively, you can follow the link to the Home Affairs website for further information on your citizenship:
Once your application for citizenship has been processed, you will be notified by the Department of Home Affairs via letter. Council will also be notified by the Department and arrangements will be made for your official citizenship ceremony. Council will contact you to arrange a time and a date, and you will receive a letter confirming all the details of your ceremony.
The Citizenship Ceremony is the final chapter in your journey to becoming an Australian Citizen. When you attend your ceremony, and take the Pledge of Commitment to Australia, this is when you become an Australian Citizen.
The ceremonies are presided over by the Mayor, and you are welcome to bring family and friends along to support you and to help celebrate this momentous occasion.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, you are invited to stay for light refreshments, and a chance to chat with other new Australians.