Australian Citizenship Ceremonies

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Becoming a citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people. It is an important step in your migration story and it is the beginning of your formal membership into the Australian community. It is the step that will enable you to say 'I am Australian'.

Australian citizenship applications are made through the Department of Home Afffairs.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River's role in the citizenship process is to conduct citizenship ceremonies and to present attending conferees with their citizenship certificates.

Frequently asked questions

  1. I have received my letter of approval, when can I attend a ceremony?
  2. When will I receive an invitation to a ceremony?
  3. Do I need to attend a ceremony to receive my certificate?
  4. What if I can’t attend the next scheduled citizenship ceremony?
  5. Is it possible to arrange a ceremony other than a scheduled citizenship ceremony?
  6. How long does the citizenship ceremony take?
  7. Where are the ceremonies held?
  8. What do I need to bring with me to the ceremony?
  9. What pledge am I taking? What is the difference between an oath and an affirmation?
  10. Can I invite guests?
  11. What is the dress code?
  12. Can I take photographs?
  13. Do children need to attend citizenship ceremonies?
  14. When can I apply for an Australian passport?
  15. I have lost my citizenship certificate, what should I do?

I have received my letter of approval, when can I attend a ceremony?

The Department of Home Affairs email the Shire a monthly list of approved candidates and the Shire will contact everyone to advise the next citizenship ceremony dates.

The Shire conducts approximately four citizenship ceremonies per year with one of those being the Australia Day Ceremony. 

Our next ceremony is Friday, 30 July which includes approvals 15 March to 14 June.

Approvals 15 June to 14 September will be invited to attend the ceremony on Friday, 29 October. If you are unable to attend, the following ceremony will be Australia Day Wednesday, 26 January 2022.

To check on the status of your application, please contact the Department of Home Affairs directly either by email [email protected] or call 131 880.

When will I receive an invitation to a ceremony?

Invitations are sent out approximately six weeks prior to a ceremony. You must RSVP early as it takes up to four weeks for the citizenship certificates to be received by the Shire.

Do I need to attend a ceremony to receive my certificate?

Yes. Candidates are required to attend a citizenship ceremony and make their pledge in order to validate their citizenship and receive their certificate.

What if I can’t attend the next scheduled citizenship ceremony?

If you are unable to attend, you will be invited to the following ceremony. 

Is it possible to arrange a ceremony other than a scheduled citizenship ceremony?

Special ceremonies can be arranged in very limited circumstances. Please contact the Department of Home Affairs directly either by email [email protected] or call 131 880.

How long does the citizenship ceremony take?

The citizenship ceremony generally takes an hour, depending on the number of participants.

Where are the ceremonies held?

In person ceremonies are held in Margaret River. On Australia Day, ceremonies are held in Margaret River, Cowaramup and Augusta if there are conferees in those areas. 

What do I need to bring with me to the ceremony?

You are required to prove your identity prior to the ceremony. Please bring your current Australian driver’s licence or if you do not hold a drivers licence, additional forms of identification may include: passport, credit cards, medicare card or bills showing your name and current address. 

What pledge am I taking? What is the difference between an oath and an affirmation?

There are two pledges - one that mentions God (oath) and one that does not (affirmation). The difference are the words 'under God'. You would have nominated your pledge in your citizenship application form. 

The Australian citizenship pledge is:

From this time forward, under God*,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.

* ‘under God’ is optional

If you are making an oath, you are welcome to bring a holy book of your choice to make your pledge on.

You will receive a card with your nominated pledge on arrival at your ceremony.

Can I invite guests?

Yes, familiy and friends are very welcome to attend.

What is the dress code?

Smart attire is requested.

Can I take photographs?

You are welcome to bring your own cameras and take photos. Further photographs with the Shire President can be requested after the formalities have concluded.

Do children need to attend citizenship ceremonies?

Children aged 16 years and over are legally required to attend the ceremony and take the pledge to become an Australian citizen. Children under the age of 16 are not legally required to take the citizenship pledge, however they are encouraged to stand with their parent or guardian where possible.

When can I apply for an Australian passport?

You must attend a ceremony and receive your citizenship certificate before you can apply for an Australian passport. The original certificate will be needed when applying for the passport. For more information about Australian passports, please visit the website or call the Australian Passport Office on 131 232.

I have lost my citizenship certificate, what should I do?

Please contact the Department of Home Affairs either by email [email protected] or call 131 880.

For more information please see the Department of Home Affairs website or contact the Shire by email [email protected] or phone 9780 5200.

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PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
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Fax 08 9757 2512

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