Australian Citizenship

We are pleased to assist you in the final steps to becoming an Australian Citizen. 

2024 Citizenship Ceremonies

  • Wednesday 24 July
  • Wednesday 28 August
  • Wednesday 16 October
  • Wednesday 13 November

Applying for Citizenship 

Application for Australian Citizenship must be made through the Department of Home Affairs. Application forms are available from the Department of Home Affairs' Website or you can call the Department on 131 880.

Council sends invitations for online ceremonies and the Department of Home Affairs sends invitations for in-person ceremonies. 

Further information about citizenship ceremonies such as what happens on the day, what to bring, what to wear etc. can be found on the Department of Home Affairs Citizenship Ceremony FAQ Webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have received my letter of approval, how soon can I go to the ceremony?

Generally, your citizenship ceremony will be scheduled within six months from the time your application is approved, although waiting times can vary. The Dept of Home Affairs (DHA) sends you a letter of invitation at least two weeks prior to the ceremony telling you the date and time of your ceremony. The Department will write to you with details of your ceremony when one has been arranged for you. Generally, applicants have 12 months from their notice of approval to attend a ceremony and make the pledge of commitment.  

I need to have an urgent Citizenship, what do I do?

Urgent ceremonies will only be considered in strictly limited circumstances in which Australian citizenship is a requirement. In order to qualify for an urgent ceremony you must have exceptional or compelling circumstances. If you require an urgent citizenship, please contact the Department of Home Affairs. 

Where are the in-person ceremonies held?

Terrace Function Room, Lane Cove Community Hub, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove NSW 2066

How long does the Citizenship Ceremony take?

It generally takes an hour. All candidates must arrive 30 mins before the ceremony so they can register and obtain their seat number.

What do I need to bring to the ceremony?

Please bring your current Australian photo identification such as a Driver’s Licence or passport. If you do not have photo identification please bring at least three documents bearing your name, address and signature. Examples include bank statements, credit cards or bills.

These documents are also required as proof of identification by the Australian Electoral Commission, whose representatives will be present at the ceremony, to allow you to vote in Australian elections.

Can photos be taken during the ceremony?

Absolutely! As the ceremony is a very special moment and milestone, we would love you to have a photograph to remember the day. You are welcome to bring your phone/camera to the ceremony. Staff will be onsite to assist you taking photos with your own device. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance.

I need to travel overseas however I have not yet acquired Australian Citizenship?

If you need to travel overseas before you acquire Australian citizenship, you must ensure you maintain your permanent resident status in Australia and confirm if any travel bans are currently in place.

If you need to travel, you must travel on your current passport. Make sure you have a valid visa that allows you to re-enter Australia. Apply for a Resident Return visa if the travel conditions on your visa have expired or are about to expire. This requirement also applies to children. 

If you require further information regarding ceremonies, this can be found on the Department's website.

I have made the pledge of commitment. When can I obtain an Australian passport?

As an Australian citizen, you can apply for an Australian passport. We recommend that you wait until you receive your citizenship certificate to apply. It can take up to six weeks from the date of your ceremony for your certificate to arrive due to delays with Australia post.  For online ceremonies, your certificate will be mailed to you.  For more information, or if you need to travel urgently, visit the website of the Australian Passport Office. 

Who can I contact with further questions?

For information on eligibility and how to apply to be an Australian citizen, please contact the DHA citizenship info line on 131 880 or visit their website. If you have any citizenship enquiries for Council, please email