How do I apply for citizenship?

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

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

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, please wait to receive your invitation from the Shire. There may be a waiting list for a ceremony and those who have been waiting the longest will be invited first.

Frequently asked questions

When are citizenship ceremonies held?

Shire of Mundaring citizenship ceremonies are scheduled for January, April, July and October 2024.  Your invitation will advise you of the location and time.

How long does the citizenship ceremony run for?

The citizenship ceremony will take between 30 and 60 minutes.

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

You need to bring 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 approximately 15 minutes before the ceremony so you can register and your photo identification will be checked

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. They are however 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 plus dependent children.

Will I receive my certificate at the ceremony?

Yes you should receive your certificate once you have made the pledge.

If your certificate is not ready at the ceremony, you will be contacted when it's available. You will still become a citizen when you make the pledge.

What is the waiting time for a ceremony?

The waiting time can be between three 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 (08) 9290 6604 or email