Changes to Citizenship ceremonies during COVID-19
During COVID-19, Council will be holding small in-person citizenship ceremonies in accordance with the state directives and restrictions. Accordingly, the number of conferees able to attend each ceremony will be limited.
The Government is also holding online citizenship ceremonies via secure video link, to enable people to continue to become Australian citizens during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
For more information, visit The Department of Home Affairs website.
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?
No guests will be permitted to attend the ceremony due to restricted seating.
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.