The final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen, for most people, is to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at an Australian citizenship ceremony. Council runs citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs (HA).
Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony.
Citizenship ceremonies are special events. They fulfill requirements under Australian citizenship law. They also provide an important opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community. They are often an emotional experience for the new citizen, as well as their host and guests.
We anticipate around 240 Noosa residents will become Australian citizens this year. It can take around 90 days from receiving approval from HA to attend a ceremony.
Citizenship ceremonies in Noosa
Council provides a ceremony where you can state your Pledge, after you have successfully applied for Australian citizenship. At the ceremony, you will receive your Certificate of Australian Citizenship, dated and signed. From that date on, you are an Australian citizen.
Before you are eligible to take part in a citizenship ceremony, you must have:
- completed your application process with the Deptment of Home Affairs; and
- received your letter of approval from the Minister for Home Affairs.
Council receives updated candidate lists from the Department of Home Affairs approximately four weeks prior to a ceremony. These lists have details of the candidates who have received approval and are eligible to attend a ceremony by residing within the Noosa Council boundaries.
More information about ceremonies can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Council plans on running five citizenship ceremonies each year. Currently, all ceremonies are held at Council's event centre, The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads.
2018 Citizenship Ceremonies
The next citizenship ceremony will be held on Australia Day, 26 January 2018.
Dates for 2018 are likely to be:
A citizenship ceremony consists of:
Questions relating to the citizenship application process can be answered by the Department of Home Affairs Ceremonies Team. Ph: 131 881 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Both Noosa Council and the Department of Home Affairs does not offer 'urgent' citizenship ceremonies.