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Citizenship Ceremonies

Cumberland Council Local Government area has residents from 150 different countries and is one of Sydney’s most culturally enriched communities.

Cumberland Council conducts Citizenship Ceremonies monthly for residents of the Cumberland Local Government area wishing to become Australian citizens.  These Ceremonies are conducted under delegated authority of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

Listen to the Australian Citizenship Pledge and its meaning.

To view pictures from Cumberland Council's 2018 Citizenship Ceremonies. View the online gallery.

Ceremonies are held in The Holroyd Centre – 17 Miller Street, Merrylands

Date and Time Details
19 November at 6:30pm Conferees /staff arrive 1 hr prior to ceremony
VIP arrive 5 minutes prior to Ceremony
26 November at 6:30pm Conferees /staff arrive 1 hr prior to ceremony
VIP arrive 5 minutes prior to Ceremony
4 December at 6:30pm Conferees /staff arrive 1 hr prior to ceremony
VIP arrive 5 minutes prior to Ceremony
6 December at 6:30pm Conferees /staff arrive 1 hr prior to ceremony
VIP arrive 5 minutes prior to Ceremony
10 December at 6:30pm Conferees /staff arrive 1 hr prior to ceremony
VIP arrive 5 minutes prior to Ceremony
11 December at 6:30pm  Conferees /staff arrive 1 hr prior to ceremony
VIP arrive 5 minutes prior to Ceremony

Cumberland Council’s role is to conduct the Ceremonies only and is NOT a point of contact for those wishing to take out Australian Citizenship.

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 has no prior knowledge of a Conferee’s details or what Ceremony they are allocated to until a Pledge Verification List is received from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection for the conducting of a Ceremony.

What if I cannot attend the ceremony?

Please advise Council if you cannot attend, we in turn will advise the Department of Immigration & Border Protection and you will be allocated another Ceremony date. 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 citizenship?

Cumberland Council is only responsible for conducting 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 at http://www.citizenship.gov.au

How long will the ceremony go for?

The Citizenship Ceremony takes approximately 45 minutes. All Conferees must arrive by 5.30 pm for registration purposes. The Ceremony commences at 6.30pm am and usually ends no later than 7.30pm. Light refreshments are provided at the completion of the Ceremony. 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 need to be allocated.

What do I need to bring?

Proof of Identity (Licence, Passport, Visa etc.) and your letter of invitation from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection.

Can I bring guests?

Conferees are seated together for the Ceremony. 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 citizenship certificate. We prefer guests to remain seated until the conclusion of the Ceremony. At the completion of the Ceremony the Mayor and dignitaries will be available for photographs with Conferees.

Can I leave after I receive my certificate?

No, the ceremony will continue with the Affirmation of Australian Citizenship and the singing of the National Anthem. The Mayor will invite conferees for additional photographs after the ceremony along with serving of refreshments.