Becoming an Australian citizen means you call Australia home with all the privileges and responsibilities of a person who was born here. It is a step that will enable you to say 'I am Australian'. At the City of Perth, we take great pride in assisting our residents in achieving this final step to becoming an Australian citizen.
To be eligible to attend a citizenship ceremony at the City of Perth, you must reside within the City of Perth council boundary and have completed your application process with the Department of Home Affairs.
Once your application has been approved, the Minister for Home Affairs will send you a letter of approval. Details of approved candidates are sent to councils approximately every two to three weeks (so it is likely that we may not have your details on our records if you have only just received your approval letter).
The City of Perth conducts approximately seven citizenship ceremonies per year with one of those being the Australia Day Ceremony.
The ceremony consists of:
- Welcome to Country
- The Ministers Message
- Guest speech
- Citizenship Preamble
- Pledge of Commitment
- Presentation of citizenship certificates
- Presiding Officer's speech
- Affirmation by an Australian citizen
- The Australian National Anthem
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I choose to attend at the City of Perth, even if I don’t live in the council boundary?
No. Candidates are required to attend their ceremony with their local council. Department of Home Affairs will share your details with your local council only as it is their responsibility to provide this service to you, as one of their rate payers. Attending at your local council also provides you with an opportunity to meet and speak with your locally elected Council members and Government representatives.
I have received my letter of approval. When can I attend a ceremony?
The City of Perth is unable to provide you with a ceremony date until we receive notification from the Department of Home Affairs that your citizenship has been approved. These notifications are received from the Department of Home Affairs approximately every two to three weeks. Once the City of Perth has received this notification, you will be scheduled onto the next available citizenship ceremony.
How long will I have to wait before I get an invitation to my ceremony?
Waiting times vary between two to four months. Invitations are sent approximately six weeks prior to a ceremony.
Provided you confirm your attendance by the RSVP date specified on your invitation, you will receive your certificate at the ceremony. Department of Home Affairs order the certificates from Canberra and it can take up to four weeks for these to be printed, posted and received by the City of Perth; therefore the RSVP deadline is usually four to five weeks prior to the ceremony date.
Do I need to attend a ceremony to receive my certificate?
Yes. Candidates are required to attend a citizenship ceremony and make their Pledge of Commitment out loud and in English, in front of the Presiding Officer, in order to validate their citizenship and receive their certificate.
I have been invited to a ceremony but I can’t attend on that date. What should I do?
Notify us of your unavailability and we will transfer you on to more suitable scheduled ceremony date.
Is it possible to arrange a ceremony earlier than the next scheduled citizenship ceremony?
Urgent or private ceremonies are available through the Department of Home Affairs. These types of ceremonies are reserved for candidates who require conferral of their Australian citizenship due to extenuating circumstances. Any candidates requiring a private ceremony must contact the Department of Home Affairs to obtain an Urgent Ceremony Request form. Completed forms must be submitted to the Department of Home Affairs along with supporting evidence. The Department of Home Affairs is the approving authority and will assess each situation to determine whether a private/urgent ceremony is to be provided. These ceremonies are held at the Department of Home Affairs offices.
How long does the citizenship ceremony take?
The citizenship ceremony takes up to 45 minutes and is followed by a complimentary 45 minute reception. If you have other plans or need to leave, you may do so after the citizenship ceremony has concluded (before the reception).
Where are the ceremonies held?
Ceremonies are held in the evening at:
27-29 St George’s Terrace
Perth WA 6000
What do I need to bring with me to the ceremony?
You must supply proof of identification in the form of photographic evidence (drivers licence, passport or another official document which includes a photograph). If you do not have photographic identification you will need to bring at least three documents with your name, address and signature such as credit cards, bills and bank statements. If you do not have sufficient proof of identification, you will be unable to register and therefore, unable to attend your ceremony. A further ceremony date will be offered when the correct photographic evidence is available.
As enrolment and voting is compulsory for all Australians, how do I enrol so that I am eligible to vote?
There will be Australian Election Commission (AEC) representatives present at your ceremony. They will have enrolment forms with them and you will be required to complete one of these forms on the night.
What Pledge am I taking? What is the difference between Pledge 1 and Pledge 2?
There are two Pledges, one that mentions God (oath) and one that does not (affirmation). You would have nominated which Pledge you are making when you filled out your application form at the Department of Home Affairs. The Department of Home Affairs advise us of your nominated Pledge when they send us the candidate names. You will receive your nominated Pledge on a Pledge card when you attend your ceremony. You will be asked to make your pledge in two groups, not individually. If you are making an oath, you are welcome to bring a holy book of your choice to make your Pledge on.
- Pledge 1 - oath: "From this time forward, under God, I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey".
- Pledge 2 - affirmation: "From this time forward, I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey".
May I bring guests along?
Yes. Candidates are informed of the number of guests allowed on their letter of invitation.
What is the dress code?
Smart attire is requested.
Can I take photographs?
An official photograph will be taken of each candidate as they receive their certificate from the Presiding Officer. These are complimentary and will be posted to you within two to three weeks of the ceremony. You are welcome to bring your own cameras; however, we ask that photographs are taken from where you and your guests are seated. Further photographs with the Presiding Officer can be requested after the formalities are concluded. If you wish to share your photo’s on social media, you may do so by using the hashtag #Auspledge
I have lost my citizenship certificate, what should I do?
The City of Perth cannot re-issue or replace citizenship certificates. You will need to contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880 to arrange a replacement certificate. Further information is available via the Department of Home Affairs web link listed below.
Do children need to attend citizenship ceremonies?
Children aged 16 years and over are legally required to attend a ceremony and take the citizenship pledge to become on Australian citizen. Children under the age of 16 are not legally required to take the citizenship pledge; however, they are welcome to attend the ceremony and are encouraged to take the citizenship pledge with their parents or guardian where possible.
When can I apply for an Australian passport?
You must attend a ceremony and receive your citizenship certificate before you can apply for an Australian passport. The original certificate will be needed when applying for the passport. For more information about Australian passports, please see the Australian Passport Office website or call 131 232.
For further queries relating to your citizenship ceremony please call 9461 3322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Obtaining your Australian citizenship
For information on eligibility and how to apply to be an Australian citizen, please contact the Department of Home Affairs.
Citizenship Information Line
13 18 80
Department of Home Affairs
Customer Service Centre
Level 3, Wellington Central
836 Wellington Street
WEST PERTH WA 6005
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm