Australian Citizenship Ceremonies
  • Last updated:
  • 11 Dec 2017

Council runs citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Around 1500 Sunshine Coast residents become Australian citizens every year. 

Council's next citizenship ceremony will be held on Australia Day, 26 January 2018.

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.

A citizenship ceremony consists of:

  • reading the minister’s message
  • Mayor’s welcome
  • citizenship preamble
  • citizenship pledges
  • the Australian national anthem
  • presentation of citizenship certificates.

Frequently asked questions





The Department of Immigration and Border Protection send an approved candidate list to council approximately six weeks prior to a ceremony. You can usually expect to be invited to a ceremony within six months of your application approval (waiting times can vary). Council does not have information specific to your application and all enquiries are directed to DIBP. 

DIBP Service Centre

Telephone: 131 880

email: ceremony.qld@border.gov.au

Invitations are sent out approximately five to six weeks prior to a ceremony. If an approved candidate does not receive an invitation it may indicate that the candidate just missed the cut off date for that ceremony. If this is the case, the recipient will most likely be sent an invitation to the next ceremony.


Yes. Candidates are required to attend a citizenship ceremony and make their Pledge in order to validate their citizenship and receive their certificate.

If you have a child who is under 16 years, they will be added onto your application and will automatically receive a citizenship certificate at the ceremony. Legally they do not need to attend a ceremony and parents can receive their citizenship certificates on their behalf. If your child is over 16 years of age, they will need to apply for their citizenship on a separate application through Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


Ceremonies are held across the Sunshine Coast region.
Your application will return to the pool of applicants and you will be invited to the next available ceremony. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) do not let candidates select their ceremony. DIBP are the approving authority for all recipient ceremonies, including private ceremonies. 

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is the approving authority to bring forward a recipient to an earlier ceremony, each case is individually assessed by the DIBP to determine if your case meets the requirements to have your ceremony amended. You will need to contact the DIBP to apply for your ceremony to be brought forward. 

DIBP Service Centre

Telephone: 131 880

email: ceremony.qld@border.gov.au


The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is the approving authority to bring forward a recipient to a private ceremony, each case is individually assessed by the DIBP to determine if your case meets the requirements of  a private ceremony. Only once approved will Council then arrange a private ceremony. Private ceremonies are only held in the Council chambers at Nambour at a date and time, mutually convenient to the Mayor or Deputy Mayor. 

DIBP Service Centre

Telephone: 131 880

email: ceremony.qld@border.gov.au


Allow approximately 2.5 hours from the time of registration to ceremony conclusion. 

Smart attire is requested or candidates are most welcome to wear traditional costume.

You are required to bring with you photo identification – a current Australian Drivers Licence or valid Passport are preferable. 


You must attend your ceremony and receive your citizenship certificate before you apply for an Australian passport. The original certificate will be needed when applying for the passport. For more information about Australian passports, please contact the Australian Passport Office.

Web address: www.passports.gov.au 

Telephone: 131 232