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To become an Australian citizen, you must apply through the Department of Home Affairs. If you need advice about whether you are eligible to become a citizen, you can phone the department’s information line on 13 18 80.
As an Australian citizen, you can:
If you are eligible to become a citizen, you will be asked to complete an application form, pay a fee and attend a short interview.
Most applicants are required to take a citizenship test and answer questions about:
The Department of Home Affairs will notify you in writing if your application has been successful and tell you the date, time and location of your citizenship ceremony.
Council regularly holds citizenship ceremonies to celebrate and welcome people in our community becoming Australian citizens.
Each year the largest citizenship ceremony takes place at our Australia Day event, where civic awards are also presented.
The citizenship ceremony usually takes about 45 minutes and includes:
To become a citizen, you must make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at your citizenship ceremony. In doing so, you are making a public commitment to Australia and accepting the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.
The next ceremony is yet to be confirmed.