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 Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
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 DIBP 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 DIBP; and
- received your letter of approval from the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection.
Council receives updated candidate lists from the Department of immigration and Border Protection approximately six 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 Immigration and Border Protection 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.
Remaining dates for 2017 are:
- Tuesday 22 August 2017 - Invitations posted 18 July
- Tuesday 31 October 2017
A citizenship ceremony consists of:
- Presiding Officer's welcome
- Citizenship preamble
- Citizenship pledges
- Presentation of citizenship certificates
- Singing the Australian national anthem
Questions relating to the citizenship application process can be answered by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's Citizenship Team.
Noosa Council does not hold 'urgent' citizenship ceremonies. For requests for urgent citizenship please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by phoning 131 881 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.