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Australian citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship Certificate

Attending a citizenship ceremony is the final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen and receiving your Certificate of Australian Citizenship.

The ceremonies fulfil requirements under Australian citizenship law, and they also provide an opportunity for the City of Maroondah to officially welcome its new citizens.

Dates of citizenship ceremonies

Approximately 5 Australian citizenship ceremonies are held in Maroondah each year.

The first ceremony is held on the morning of Australia Day (26 January) at the Ringwood Lake Soundshell (subject to weather conditions).

The remaining ceremonies are usually held every 2 months at Karralyka, Mines Road, Ringwood East.

The dates throughout the year are tentative and are subject to change.

Your invitation

You will receive a letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection inviting you to your allocated Australian Citizenship Ceremony 1 to 3 weeks before the date of the ceremony.

Note: invitations come from the Federal Government, not from Council.

It can take between 3 and 6 months to receive an invitation to a ceremony. This is due to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection having a long list of successful citizenship candidates waiting to attend a ceremony and receive a Certificate of Australian Citizenship.

If you urgently need a Certificate of Australian Citizenship, please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 881 as soon as possible. You may need to attend a citizenship ceremony being held at another Council on an earlier date.

Next citizenship ceremony

The next citizenship ceremony to be held in Maroondah will be on Wednesday 27 September at 7.30pm. Registration opens at 6:30pm.

The ceremony will be held at Karralyka, Mines Road, Ringwood.

At the ceremony, you will make an oath or affirmation of allegiance to Australia and will be presented with your Certificate of Australian Citizenship, usually by the Mayor of Maroondah.

Family and friends

We encourage you to share this terrific event with family and friends and you are welcome to bring along 3 guests to the ceremony at Karralyka.

Registration

You will need to show your photo identification at the ceremony registration table prior to the start of the ceremony.

Pledge of loyalty

When you apply to become an Australian citizen, you can choose whether you want to make an oath or affirmation to pledge your loyalty as a citizen of Australia.

At the ceremony, you will be asked to recite your chosen pledge in small groups. If you want to be in the same group as family or friends also undertaking citizenship, you will need to make sure you have all chosen the same pledge in your application forms. Different pledges will mean candidates will be in different groups.

Australian citizenship - for children

Children 15 years and under do not need to attend a citizenship ceremony to receive a Certificate of Australian Citizenship, however Council welcomes their participation in the ceremony should they wish to attend.

Please note that only the parent who appears on the child’s application form can collect the child’s Certificate of Australian Citizenship.

Further information

Find out how to apply to become an Australian citizen.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection can be contacted on 131 881.

For citizenship ceremony enquiries please contact us on 03 9298 4264 or email maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au.

31/07/2017
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