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Australian citizenship ceremonies

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COVID-19 update  

As the easing of these restrictions continues, Australian Citizenship Ceremonies will be held in person.

To ensure we enjoy a COVID-safe ceremony, we ask that you continue to keep yourself, your friends and your family safe by following the four key actions:

  • Stay at home and get tested if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild.
  • Practise good hygiene – wash your hands and cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Keep your distance – stay 1.5 metres away from people where you can.
  • Wear a face mask when required.

Stay up to date by visiting the DHHS website

Australian Citizenship Ceremonies

Attending a citizenship ceremony is the final step in the journey to becoming 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 Home Affairs, inviting you to your allocated Australian Citizenship Ceremony 1 to 3 weeks before the date of the ceremony. 

Please note: invitations come from the Federal Government and 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 Home Affairs 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 Home Affairs on 131 881 as soon as possible. You may need to attend a citizenship ceremony being held at another Council on an earlier date. 

Upcoming citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremony dates for 2021: 

  • Wednesday 19 May 
  • Wednesday 8 September
  • Thursday 4 November

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 event with family and friends and you are welcome to bring along 3 guests to the ceremony at the Karralyka Centre. 

Dress code 

The Maroondah City Council Australian citizenship ceremony dress code is designed to reflect the significance of becoming an Australian Citizen. 

All attendees at citizenship ceremonies should wear neat casual, or formal attire that reflects the significance of the occasion. 

Attendees are also welcome and encouraged to wear their own national, traditional or cultural dress. 

The following is strongly discouraged: 

  • bare feet 
  • beach wear (eg. bathers) 
  • athletic wear 
  • clothes with slogans or images that may cause offence to other participants. 

If you have any questions or feedback relating to the dress code, please contact the Governance Team on 1300 88 22 33.  

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 we welcome their participation in the ceremony if 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 Council’s Governance team on 1300 88 22 33 or email maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au

31/07/2017
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