Citizenship Ceremonies

Making the Australian Citizenship Pledge is the final step in becoming and Australian Citizen, and Shire of Mundaring is proud to welcome those who have made this journey.

Your first step in applying to become an Australia Citizen is to contact the Department of Home Affairs (ex-Immigration and Border Protection) on 13 18 80 or by visiting its website.

Applications must be lodged at the Department of Home Affairs.

Frequently Asked Questions on Citizenship

When and where are Citizenship Ceremonies held?

Citizenship ceremonies are held every 12-16 weeks at Shire of Mundaring Civic Area, located at 7000 Great Eastern Highway Mundaring. The ceremony usually commences at 6pm, but new citizens are required to arrive at 5.45pm to enrol in the Australian Electoral Commission.

How long does the Citizenship ceremony run for?

The Citizenship Ceremony will run for approximately 1 hour. After the ceremony, candidates and guests are invited to stay for drinks and refreshments.

Do I have to bring anything with me to the ceremony?

Please bring a form of identification, Driver’s License, Passport etc.

Do I have to remember any speech or pledge prior to the ceremony?

No. When you first applied for your Australian Citizenship through the Department of Home Affairs, you would have been asked if you wanted to make an oath or affirmation pledge. Shire of Mundaring will be advised of your preference and will present you with a pledge card upon your name being called at the ceremony to read from.

If I chose to make an oath pledge, can I bring my own bible?

Shire of Mundaring encourages people to bring any religious books that they would like to make an oath on.

When will I receive the details confirming my ceremony?

Shire of Mundaring endeavours to give candidates as much notice as possible of your ceremony date, with an invitation being sent out at least 6 weeks prior to the ceremony date.

Will I receive my certificate at the Ceremony?

Yes. Once the candidates have been invited and accepted the invitation to the ceremony, Shire of Mundaring is required to order the Citizenship Certificates from the Department of Home Affairs four weeks prior to the ceremony. The certificates are printed in Canberra and then sent to Shire of Mundaring for the ceremony.

How can I find out when my Citizenship Ceremony will be?

Citizenship Ceremonies are gauged by a Conferral Planning Reports sent to Shire of Mundaring once a month from the Department of Home Affairs. Once these reports are received, you will then be booked onto the next available ceremony. An invitation will then be sent to you from Shire of Mundaring.

What is the waiting time for a ceremony?

The Department of Home Affairs advises that once you have received the approval letter, the waiting time can be between four to six months

How many guests can I bring to the ceremony?

Shire of Mundaring allows 4 adult guests per family. Children are an exception.

Is it possible to arrange a Private Citizenship Ceremony?

Private Ceremonies are only allowed in the most exceptional circumstances. Unless Shire of Mundaring is advised by the Department of Home Affairs that a private ceremony is required then a letter addressed to the Office of the Shire President, stating the reason for the urgency required with all private ceremonies.

For all queries regarding Private Citizenship Ceremonies, contact Giulia Censi, Personal Assistant to Director Strategic and Community Services on 9290 6604.

What are the fees to apply for Australian Citizenship?

The fees range from $180 and $285 depending on the type of Citizenship you are applying for. Fees are made payable to the Department of Home Affairs. Before applying, you are advised to ring the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 to confirm the fees.

What is the number for the Citizenship Information Line?

The Citizenship Information Line is 13 18 80.

I have lost my citizenship certificate, what should I do?

In an instance when you have lost your Citizenship Certificate, you will need to contact the Department of Home Affairs on 13 18 81 to arrange a replacement. Shire of Mundaring is unable to replace this certificate.

Do children need to attend citizenship ceremonies?

Children aged 16 years and over are legally required to attend their citizenship ceremony and take the citizenship pledge in order to become an Australian citizen. Children under the age of 16 are not legally required to take the citizenship pledge, however are welcome to attend the ceremony and are encouraged to take the citizenship pledge where possible.

How do I apply for Australian citizenship?

You can download an application pack from the

Department of Home Affairs' website - https://www.border.gov.au/

Or visit their premises –

Customer Service Centre Level 1, Forrest Chase Wellington Street

PerthWA 6000

Or by contacting the Citizenship Information Line on 13 18 80

 



Giulia Censi
PA to Director Strategic and Community Services
9290 6604
shire@mundaring.wa.gov.au

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