Bayside Council conducts approximately 10 Citizenship Ceremonies throughout the year on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs.
How do I apply for Australian Citizenship?
Applications for Australian Citizenship are assessed by the Department of Home Affairs. Information on how to apply for Australian Citizenship is available from the websites of the Department of Home Affairs.
Council is only responsible for conducting Citizenship Ceremonies under delegated authority by the Department. Council has no input into applications or approvals or waiting lists.
Citizenship Application Process
The Department of Home Affairs - Immigration & Citizenship is responsible for, and manages, all Citizenship applications.
The Department of Home Affairs will notify you when your application has been approved or if it is rejected.
The final legal step to Australian Citizenship is to make the Pledge of Commitment aloud at your Citizenship Ceremony which is usually organised by your local Council.
You MUST attend a Citizenship Ceremony and take the Pledge of Commitment to receive your official Citizenship Certificate.
The length of time from when you receive your approval to the time you are scheduled to attend a Citizenship Ceremony at your local Council can vary depending on the number of candidates ahead of you on the waiting list. It can take up to six months.
The waiting lists and the allocation of candidates to each Ceremony is managed by the Department of Home Affairs.
The Department of Home Affairs will send you an invitation approximately 2-4 weeks before your Ceremony advising you of the date, place and time.
If you are unable to attend your Ceremony you must notify the Department of Home Affairs, so you can be provided with another date.
The Department provides a list of candidates to Council. If you do not attend the Ceremony, Council will advise the Department of Home Affairs and return your Citizenship Certificate.
Changed your address?
It is important that you notify the Department of Home Affairs via your ImmiAccount of any changes to your mailing address or contact details.
What documents do I need to bring to take your Citizenship Commitment Pledge?
- You will need to provide a current form of photo identification. It can be a current driver’s licence, passport or other official document with a photograph. It must be the original document (not a photograph, photocopy or phone).
- Please bring your letter of invitation from the Department of Home Affairs to assist with registration.
- You are welcome to invite your family and friends to witness, and share this important day with you.
What happens on the night?
You must arrive at the allocate time to ensure your name is marked off and you will be given your allocated row and seat number (e.g. Row 3 Seat 8). It is important that you remain seated in the allocated row and seat number until after the presentation of certificates.
Please allow approximately 1 to 1½ hours for the actual Ceremony proceedings.
The Ceremony will include:
- Welcome/Acknowledgement of Country
- The Citizenship Preamble
- Welcome and congratulatory messages from the Mayor and Local Members of Parliament or other VIP guests
- The Minister’s speech is read
- Pledges of Commitment (Oath or Affirmation)
- Playing of Australian National Anthem
- Presentation of Citizenship Certificates
- Ceremony concludes
After the Ceremony
You are now Australian Citizens and eligible to vote in all future elections. The Australian Electoral staff will be in attendance to help you complete your enrolment so your name is added to the electoral roll.
You can have your photo taken with the Mayor and/or with your family and friends.
For further enquiries about your citizenship, please phone the Australian Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.