Becoming a citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people. It is an important step in your migration story and the beginning of your formal membership in the Australian community. Citizenship is the final step that will enable you to proudly say, ‘I am Australian’.
Applying for Australian citizenship
Australian citizenship applications are made through the Department of Home Affairs.
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s role in the citizenship process is to conduct citizenship ceremonies and present attending conferees with their citizenship certificates.
The Shire conducts approximately six citizenship ceremonies per year. One of those is the Australia Day Ceremony.
Ceremony dates for 2022 are:
- Saturday, 17 September at 10am – Australian Citizenship Week
- Friday, 18 November at 3pm.
Invitation to attend a ceremony
The Department of Home Affairs will email the Shire a monthly list of approved candidates. The Shire will then contact future conferees to advise of the upcoming citizenship ceremony dates.
Invitations are sent out approximately six weeks before a ceremony. You must RSVP early as it takes up to four weeks for citizenship certificates to be received by the Shire.
About the ceremony
The Australian citizenship ceremony is held in Margaret River. On Australia Day, ceremonies are held in Margaret River, Cowaramup, and Augusta, if there are any conferees in those areas.
The ceremony generally takes an hour, depending on the number of participants.
Invitation to ceremony FAQs
About the ceremony FAQs
The Australian citizenship pledge
There are two pledges: one that mentions God (oath) and one that does not (affirmation). The difference between the two pledges is the words ‘under God’. You would have nominated your pledge preference 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 upon arrival at the ceremony.
Applying for an Australian passport
You must attend an Australian citizenship ceremony and receive your citizenship certificate before you can apply for an Australian passport.
The original certificate will be needed when applying for a passport. For more information, visit the Australian Passport Office website.
Lost citizenship certificate
Please contact the Department of Home Affairs.