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Australian Citizenship Ceremonies

Council runs citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)Link exits to another website .

Around 1500 Sunshine Coast residents become Australian citizens every year. It can take around 90 days from receiving approval from DIBP to attend a ceremony.

The next citizenship ceremony will be held on 11 November 2015.

To find out if you're in this ceremony or your ceremony date, contact Immigration on 131 881.

Citizenship ceremonies on the Sunshine Coast

Council provides a venue where you can state your Pledge, after you have successfully applied for Australian citizenship. At the ceremony, you will receive your Certificate of Australian Citizenship, dated and signed. From that date on, you are an Australian citizen.

Before you are eligible to take part in a citizenship ceremony, you must have:

  • completed your application process with the DIBP
  • received your letter of approval from the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection.

Council receives updated candidate lists approximately six weeks prior to a ceremony. These lists have details of the candidates who have received approval and are eligible to attend a ceremony.

Council runs six citizenship ceremonies each year, with Australia Day being the most popular.

A citizenship ceremony consists of:

  • Reading of the minister’s message
  • Mayor’s welcome
  • Citizenship preamble
  • Citizenship pledges
  • The Australian national anthem
  • Presentation of citizenship certificates

Frequently asked questions

1. I have received my letter of approval. When can I attend a ceremony?

2. How long will I have to wait before I get an invitation to my ceremony?

3. Do I need to attend a ceremony to receive my certificate?

4. Do children need to attend citizenship ceremonies?

5. Where are the ceremonies held?

6. What if I can’t attend the next scheduled citizenship ceremony?

7. Is it possible to have my ceremony bought forward to an earlier ceremony?

8. Is it possible to arrange a private ceremony?

9. How long does a citizenship ceremony take?

10. What is the dress code?

11. What do I need to bring with me to the ceremony?

12. When can I apply for an Australian passport?

Last Updated 01-Oct-15