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Citizenship ceremonies

We regularly run Citizenship Ceremonies.

Please note: our next Australian Citizenship Ceremony has had to be changed to an online ceremony on Wednesday 26 January 2022. We are disappointed to have to make this change, but due to COVID-19 safety and the high risk of transmissions this is the best option to keep all attendees and staff safe.

All Citizenship ceremonies are organised by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. You can find out more on the Department of Home Affairs website.

  • Smart casual dress is required, reflective of the importance of the occasion. National or cultural attire is welcome.

  • The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs is responsible for everything about Australian citizenship. If you would like to enquire about becoming a Australian citizen or about your status in the waiting list, please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.

    We organise and conduct citizenship ceremonies, however, we are not responsible for allocating candidates to ceremony dates. This is done by the Department of Home Affairs.

  • We conduct regular citizenship ceremonies to present new citizens with their Certificate of Australian Citizenship.

  • Ceremonies take about 30-45 minutes and are held at the Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg.

    Doors currently open for registration 45 minutes before the ceremony commences.

  • We are pleased to announce our next Australian Citizenship Ceremony will be held in person on Wednesday 26 January 2022.

    Doors open at 9:15am for registration. The ceremony will start at 10am.

    All candidates and guests will need to show proof that they have received two COVID-19 vaccination doses upon entry.

  • When your application for Australian citizenship is approved, you will receive a letter from the Department of Home Affairs with the date and location of your citizenship ceremony.

    Generally, your citizenship ceremony will be held at your local Council within 6 months from the time your application is approved, although waiting times can vary.

    You must attend the citizenship ceremony as the final phase of being granted Australian citizenship.

  • At the citizenship ceremony you are required to pledge your allegiance to Australia and its laws. The pledge you say will be the one you chose on your application form.

    You are then presented with a Certificate of Australian Citizenship, which formally represents conferral of Australian citizenship.

  • You will not be able to obtain citizenship on the night if you are not able to produce the appropriate identification as follows:

    • Your letter of invitation sent to you by the Department of Home Affairs
    • Photographic identification (such as your passport or drivers licence)

    If you are unable to provide photographic identification you will need to bring at least 3 different documents which contain your name, address and/or signature. At least 2 of these must be on the identification you produce (such as credit card, bills for utilities or bank statements).

  • The Mayor of Moreland presides over citizenship ceremonies and politicians who represent Moreland, both federal and state, are also invited.

    We know how important citizenship ceremonies are and wish to continue holding these events during the COVID pandemic. To minimise the possible risk to our community, currently no guests may attend the ceremonies. If any of your family attending is receiving their citizenship and is under 16 years of age they aren’t required to attend, so can stay away and you’ll be able to take their certificate on their behalf. If you have any COVID symptoms do not attend the ceremony and inform the Department of Home Affairs, they can then arrange an alternate date.

    We trust you will understand the steps we’re taking are for everyone’s benefit.

    If you require any special assistance, please contact Council on 9240 1111.