Citizenship Ceremonies

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

Check your invitation to confirm the details of your ceremony.

If you are late to the ceremony, you may not be able to receive your certificate.

 2022 Citizenship Ceremony Dates (further Citizenship dates will be added as they are confirmed)

Wednesday, 26th January (Online)

Tuesday, 8th February

Tuesday, 22nd February

Tuesday, 8th March

Tuesday, 22 March

Tuesday, 5th April

Tuesday, 21st April

Tuesday, 10th May

Tuesday, 24th May

Tuesday, 7th June

Tuesday, 21st June

Citizenship ceremony dates may be cancelled or amended at Council's discretion.

You must bring to the following items to the ceremony:

  • Your Invitation letter from the Department of Home Affairs
  • Photo identification e.g. your passport or drivers licence.
  • If you do not have photo identification, you must bring three different forms of identification with your name on each.
  • All attendees must comply with the current COVID-19 directions, including proof of vaccination, or any approved medical exemptions. 

If you do not bring suitable identification or proof, you may not be able to receive your certificate on the evening.

The Mayor of Hume City leads our citizenship ceremonies.

At the ceremony, successful applicants 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 your Australian citizenship.

Councillors and Members of Parliament who represent Hume at a state and federal level are also invited to attend citizenship ceremonies.

Yes, you are welcome to bring along a member of your family or a friend. Until further notice, you may only bring one guest with you to the citizenship ceremony.

All citizenship candidates will be seated together for the ceremony. Your guest will not be able to sit next to you during the ceremony as they will be seated in a separate designated area. You are welcome to take photos both during and after the ceremony, however you must remain seated.

Please refer to the following policy to ensure you wear appropriate clothing to attend the citizenship ceremony. 

Citizenship Dress Code Policy(PDF, 420KB)

Request a Citizenship Application Pack

You can get an application to become an Australian citizen online from the Department of Home Affairs or by phoning 131 880. The application pack includes eligibility criteria and supporting information.

Your invitation

If your application is approved you will be sent a written invitation by the Department of Home Affairs, advising you of the time, date and location of your citizenship ceremony. Invitations may be sent up to six months after you receive notification of your successful application for citizenship.

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

Contact Home Affairs for all enquiries

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. Council is also unable to assist with any enquiries regarding the completion of the Citizenship Application form.

All new citizens over the age of 18 are eligible to enrol to vote. This enrolment can be completed at the citizenship ceremony and allows 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 not voting without a valid excuse.