Changes to Citizenship ceremonies during COVID-19
Current health advice around COVID-19 means it is not possible for traditional, in-person citizenship ceremonies to be held.
The Government will hold online citizenship ceremonies via secure video link, to enable people to continue to become Australian citizens during the Coronavirus crisis.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ's
Where can I obtain an Application Form for Citizenship?
Application forms for Australian Citizenship can be obtained by calling: - Department of Immigration & Border Protection on 131 880, or the Citizenship Website http://www.citizenship.gov.au
How do I know when my ceremony is?
Once the Department of Immigration & Border Protection has sent your letter approving your application for Australian Citizenship, they will then send you a letter of invitation advising you where and when your Ceremony will take place. Council will receive the Conferee list one week prior to the Ceremony.
What if I cannot attend the ceremony?
You will need to advise the Department of Immigration & Border Protection on 131 880 to request an alternative date and time. If you consistently fail to attend you will need to discuss your circumstances and options with the Department of Immigration & Border Protection.
How do I get my Australian Citizenship?
Cumberland City Council is only responsible for conducting Australian Citizenship Ceremonies. We have no input with applications, approvals or certifications. All enquiries about applications and approvals need to be directed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880 or http://www.citizenship.gov.au
How long will the ceremony go for?
The Australian Citizenship Ceremony will take approximately 45 minutes. All Conferees must arrive one hour prior to the commencement for registration purposes If a Conferee arrives after the commencement of the Ceremony they will not be allowed to participate. Their Certificate will be returned to the Department of Immigration & Border Protection and another Ceremony date will be allocated.
What do I need to bring?
Photo Proof of Identity (Licence or Passport) and your letter of invitation from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection.
Can I bring guests?
Please limit your guest to one due to restricted seating. A separate area is designated for the seating of guests. Your guests will not be able to sit next to you during the ceremony.
Can I have my photograph taken at the ceremony?
Please bring your camera or mobile phone and a staff member present at the ceremony will assist with taking your photos when accepting your Australian citizenship certificate. At the completion of the Ceremony the Mayor and dignitaries will be available for photographs with Conferees and families.
Can I leave after I receive my certificate?
The Affirmation of Australian Citizenship and the singing of the National Anthem are part of the official ceremony and leaving prior to this may invalidate your citizenship.
My family members have been allocated a separate ceremony date, can I change this?
You will need to contact Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880.
Will I be automatically be added to the Electoral Roll?
No. There will be enrolment forms for you to complete when you arrive for your Australian Citizenship Ceremony, Electoral staff will be able to assist.