Australian Citizenship Ceremonies
  • Last updated:
  • 15 Jan 2019

Council runs citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs.  

Around 500 Sunshine Coast residents become Australian citizens every year. 

Council's next citizenship ceremony will be held on 26 January 2019 at Venue 114 Bokarina from 9:00am.

Attending your citizenship ceremony

You will be eligible to attend a citizenship ceremony when you have:

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

Contact the Department of Home Affairs for your ceremony details on 131 881 or ceremony.qld@homeaffairs.gov.au

To become an Australian citizen you will need to attend a citizenship ceremony and make the pledge.

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 Home Affairs 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 the Department of Home Affairs. 

Department of Home Affairs

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 cannot become citizens unless they have attended a ceremony and verbally made the Pledge.

Children under 16 years will receive an invitation to attend but do not legally have to be at a ceremony to if their parent is attending. Children over 16 years will have to apply for citizenship separately and are required to attend a ceremony.

Ceremonies are held across the Sunshine Coast region.

Candidates who do not attend their allocated citizenship ceremonies will have their applications returned to the pool of applicants and will be invited to the next available ceremony.

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

Department of Home Affairs

Telephone: 131 880

email: ceremony.qld@border.gov.au

The Department of Home Affairs are the approving authority to bring forward a recipient to a private ceremony, each case is individually assessed by the Department of Home Affairs to determine if your case meets the requirements of a private ceremony. Council can only arrange private ceremonies under direction of the Department of Home Affairs.

Department of Home Affairs

Telephone: 131 880

Email: ceremony.qld@border.gov.au

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

Smart casual or traditional dress.

You must bring valid photo identification – a current Australian Drivers Licence or valid passport are ideal.

You must attend a citizenship ceremony and make the pledge before you can apply for an Australian passport. Your original citizenship certificate is necessary when applying.

Contact the Australian Passport Office for more information.

Web address: https://www.passports.gov.au/

Telephone: 131 232