It also symbolises the sense of belonging to the country where we have decided to make our home.
All applications for Australian citizenship are processed by the Department of Home Affairs. Further information on how to apply for Citizenship is available from the Australian citizenship website or the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.
For most people, the final step in becoming an Australian Citizen is making the pledge of commitment at an Australian Citizenship Ceremony. Applicants for Australian Citizenship will generally be invited to attend a ceremony within six months from the date their application is approved. Applicants will receive a written invitation to their ceremony.
Choosing to become an Australian Citizen is a very important expression of commitment to being part of Australia's future. The City of Greater Geelong places high importance on Australian Citizenship and hosts ceremonies every four to six weeks throughout the year. We have set dates for ceremonies.
The proposed dates for 2019 are:
- 26 January
- 25 February
- 25 March
- 29 April
- 20 May
- 1 July
- 29 July
- 26 August
- 17 September
- 28 October
- 18 November
- 9 December
Ceremonies are generally held at 5:30pm at City Hall in Geelong, with around 40 people conferred at each ceremony. We are notified by the Department of Home Affairs approximately four weeks prior to each ceremony of the people to be conferred. We then send out invitations to those people to attend that appointed ceremony.
While we host the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies, we are unable to provide further information regarding the timing of your ceremony. All ceremony enquiries should be directed to the Citizenship Information Line.
You should refer to the Department of Home Affairs for eligibility requirements.
Applying for citizenship
The role of Local Government Councils is to confer Australian Citizenship once the application is approved by the Department of Home Affairs.
Australian Citizenship Ceremonies
Citizenship ceremonies are warm, friendly events where you celebrate becoming an Australian citizen.
As part of attending a ceremony, people to be conferred may invite up two guests to be part of the important step they are taking, and to celebrate their Citizenship with them.