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Citizenship ceremonies

Attending a citizenship ceremony and making your pledge is the final legal step to becoming an Australian citizen.

Current health advice around COVID-19 means it is not possible for traditional, in-person citizenship ceremonies to take place.

The Australian Government will hold online citizenship ceremonies via secure video link, to enable people to continue to become Australian citizens during the coronavirus crisis.

The Department of Home Affairs has begun trialling one-on-one ceremonies for those already approved for Australian citizenship. The Department will work with individuals with an urgent need, who cannot access the internet, to ensure their ceremony can occur safely in line with health advice.

When fully implemented, it is expected this new capability will see up to 750 people a day having their citizenship conferred.

The Australian Citizenship Act 2007 requires a person to make a pledge of commitment to Australia before a presiding officer. This is a legal requirement that has been in place for decades.

Applications for Australian citizenship are still being accepted during this period, though citizenship interviews and testing have been put on hold. Additional resources will be deployed to conduct testing and interviews as soon as social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 ease.

People who were scheduled to attend a Citizenship appointment or ceremony over the coming months will be contacted to make alternative arrangements.

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Contact

If you need more information about citizenship ceremonies, please contact Council's Executive Services:

If you would like information about becoming an Australian Citizen, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website or phone 131 881.