The final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen, for most people, is to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at an Australian citizenship ceremony. Once your application has been approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department), you will be invited by the Department to attend a ceremony held at your local council offices.
Citizenship ceremonies are special events. They fulfill requirements under Australian citizenship law and provide an opportunity to welcome new citizens as members of the Australian community.
Citizenship ceremony dates, times and venue
All citizenship ceremonies are held in the Reception Room, Level 1, Maribyrnong Council Offices corner Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray.
Council held the last citizenship ceremony for 2017 in October. A schedule of dates for citizenship ceremonies for 2018 will be available via this page as soon as it becomes available.
Who can I contact about the dates of my citizenship ceremony?
The Department allocates dates for citizenship ceremonies to applicants of Australian Citizenship. Maribyrnong City Council does not have any input into the allocation of citizenship ceremony dates.
For enquiries relating to the date of your citizenship ceremony, or for general enquiries, please contact the Department directly.
How many guests can I bring?
Your family and friends and welcome to join you to celebrate this special event, however due to venue limitations a maximum of two may only be permitted into the venue to watch the ceremony.
If you would like to have more than two guests attend to view the ceremony please contact Maribyrnong City Council to make arrangements if possible.
How long does a citizenship ceremony take?
Citizenship ceremonies take one hour, however those becoming citizens on the night should allow sufficient time to register their attendance prior to the ceremony. Registration with the Australian Electoral Commission is also required on the night.
Registrations commence 30 minutes prior to the ceremony on the ground floor of the Maribyrnong Council Offices. Council officers will be in attendance to provide direction and general assistance where required.
What to bring with you.
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.
- Photographic identification (such as your passport or drivers licence).
If you are unable to provide photographic identification you will need to bring at least three different documents which contain your name, address and/or signature. At least two of these must be on the identification you produce (such as credit card, bills or bank statements).