Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship Ceremonies
Council conducts Citizenship Ceremonies on behalf of the Commonwealth Government, under the Citizenship Act 1948.

Ceremonies take place on a monthly basis for candidates who live in Hume at the Craigieburn Global Learning Centre (unless otherwise advised), which is located at 75 -95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn.
Free Parking is available at the venue.

Doors open at 6pm for registration with the ceremony commencing at 6:30pm.

Registration must be completed no later than 10 minutes before the ceremony begins. If you are late to the ceremony, you may not be able to receive your certificate.

2019 Ceremony Dates:

  • Saturday, 26 January (9am ceremony)
  • Tuesday, 5 February
  • Tuesday, 19 February
  • Wednesday, 6 March
  • Tuesday, 19 March
  • Wednesday, 3 April
  • Tuesday, 16 April
  • Tuesday, 7 May
  • Tuesday, 21 May
  • Tuesday, 4 June
  • Tuesday, 18 June
  • Tuesday, 2 July
  • Tuesday, 16 July 
  • Tuesday, 6 August
  • Tuesday, 20 August 
  • Tuesday, 3 September
  • Tuesday, 17 September 
  • Tuesday, 8 October
  • *See note below
  • Tuesday, 22 October 
  • Tuesday, 19 November
  • Tuesday, 10 December

*Citizenship Ceremonies may be cancelled at Hume City Council's discretion, and will notify the Department of Home Affairs at least 4 weeks prior.

*Hume City Council will also be conducting three additional Citizenship Ceremonies sessions on Saturday 19 October 2019Candidates may be allocated by the Department of Home Affairs to one of the three ceremonies on this day.

These three ceremonies will be held at the Town Hall Broadmeadows (10 Dimboola Road, Broadmeadows): 

  • Ceremony 1 - doors open at 8.30am for a 9.00am ceremony
  • Ceremony 2 - doors open at 11.30am for a 12.00pm ceremony
  • Ceremony 3 - doors open at 2.30pm for a 3.00pm ceremony

Further information will be provided in invitations that are sent by the Department of Home Affairs closer to the date of the ceremony.

What do I need to bring to the Ceremony?

  • Your letter from the Department of Home Affairs
  • Photo identification (for example, your passport or drivers licence). If you do not bring suitable photo identification, you may not be able to receive your certificate on the evening.

What happens at a Citizenship Ceremony?
At the ceremony, successful applicants are required to make a pledge of commitment as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia. All new citizens are then presented with a Certificate of Australian Citizenship, which formally represents conferral of Australian Citizenship.

The Mayor of Hume City Council presides over Citizenship Ceremonies. Hume City Council Councillors and Members of Parliament that represent the Hume locality at a State and Federal level are also invited to attend Citizenship Ceremonies.

Can I Bring Guests?
Yes, you are welcome to bring along your family and friends.
Please note that all candidates 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, but you are welcome to take photographs both during and after the ceremony.

Applying for Citizenship

Applications for citizenship are made to the Department of Home Affairs by phoning 131 880 or online at

Council is not able to assist with any enquiries regarding the completion of the Citizenship Application Form.

Once an application for Citizenship has been approved by the Department of Home Affairs, an invitation will be sent to you to attend the next available Citizenship Ceremony.

Successful applicants are sent a written invitation by the Department of Home Affairs, advising them of the time, date and location of the ceremony. Invitations may be sent up to six months after the applicant receives notification of their successful application for citizenship.

Applicants who are unable to attend the ceremony on the nominated date should contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880 to make alternative arrangements.

Although Council organizes and conducts Citizenship Ceremonies, Hume City Council is not responsible for allocating candidates to ceremony dates. This is done by the Department of Home Affairs. If you would like to enquire about your status in the waiting list, please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.

Voting by New Citizens

All new citizens over the age of 18 are required to enrol to vote. This enrolment can be completed at the Citizenship ceremony and entitles new citizens to vote at Commonwealth, State and Local Council elections.

Voting at Commonwealth, State and Local Council elections is compulsory and there are fines for failure to do so without a valid excuse.

Updated : 9:50 AM, 17 September 2019

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