How do I apply for citizenship?

You can apply for Australian Citizenship online or request paper copies of relevant forms form the Department of Home Affairs.  

Lodge your completed application together with an application fee to the Department.  

You will be asked to attend an appointment to have an interview and sit a citizenship test. 

 For more information visit Department of Home Affairs or call 131 881.

Australian citizenship ceremonies

The Shire of Mundaring holds citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs. The ceremonies are held throughout the year for Shire residents to receive their Australian Citizenship. 

A citizenship ceremony is where you make the Australian citizenship pledge, the final step in becoming an Australian. 

Once you have received approval of Australian Citizenship from the Department of Home Affairs, contact us to find out about upcoming citizenship ceremonies.

Frequently asked questions

When and where are citizenship ceremonies held?

Shire of Mundaring host citizenship ceremonies every 8 to 12 weeks at their Civic Centre, 7000 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring.

How long does the citizenship ceremony run for?

The citizenship ceremony will run for approximately one hour.

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

You need to bring your invitation to the ceremony and one form of photo identification:

  • Driver's licence
  • Passport or an official document with a photograph.
    If you do not have photo identification, then bring at least 3 documents showing your name, address and signature. For example:
  • Bank statements
  • Utility bills
  • Credit card statements

If you are under 16, you do not need to bring photo identification.

If you want to make the Australian citizenship pledge on a holy book, please bring your book with you to the ceremony as we do not provide holy books.

Is there a dress code?

The ceremony is an important event where you make a commitment to Australia. You and your guests should be dressed in formal or smart casual clothing, and groomed to reflect its significance.

What happens on the day?

You should arrive about 15 minutes before the ceremony so you can register and find your seat. The ceremony itself may take about 1 hour.

  • After you are seated, there will be:
  • A formal introduction
  • Speeches, including a welcome message from the Minister of Home Affairs
  • An address to participants
  • The pledge
  • National Anthem.

You will be called on to repeat the Australian citizenship pledge you have chosen on your application to read out loud. A card will be presented to you to read from so you do not need to memorize anything prior to the ceremony. Once you have made your pledge you will become an Australian citizen.

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 many guests can I bring to the ceremony?

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

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 us once you have received the approval letter. The waiting time can be between four to six months.

Is it possible to arrange a private citizenship ceremony?

Private ceremonies are only allowed in the most exceptional circumstances. For more information, please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.

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

If you have lost your Citizenship Certificate, contact the Department of Home Affairs to arrange a replacement. 

More information and contact

For more information contact the Shire’s Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Coordinator on 9290 6604 or email padcs@mundaring.wa.gov.au.