Where do I make initial enquiries?
Australian Citizenship applications and enquiries should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs.
To become an Australian citizen, an application must first be lodged with the Department of Home Affairs. Application forms are available online at www.homeaffairs.gov.au. All applicants will be notified by the Department of Home Affairs of the outcome.
Once you have received your letter advising you have been approved to take the pledge, you will then receive an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs to one of Council's upcoming ceremonies - depending on the number of people waiting to attend a ceremony will dictate which ceremony you will receive and invitation to.
If you have an enquiry about the status of your application or if you are in need of a rushed ceremony, please contact Adelaide.Citizenship@homeaffairs.gov.au or by phone 131 880 for guidance.
What is a Citizenship Ceremony?
The final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen, for most people, is to make the Pledge of Commitment at a Citizenship Ceremony. Citizenship Ceremonies are special events; they fulfil requirements under Australian citizenship law and also provide an important opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community.
The Department of Home Affairs will advise when your application has been processed and approved, enabling you to attend a Citizenship Ceremony. The Department of Home Affairs will then send you an invitation to your allocated ceremony, which will be influenced by the date of approval of your application and also the amount of space available at the ceremony venue.
The ceremonies are usually presided by the Mayor. For more information about what you can expect to happen in a Citizenship Ceremony, view our online video above.
When are Citizenship Ceremonies held in the City of Mitcham?
The City of Mitcham holds ceremonies throughout the year for those applicants that have received prior approval from the Department of Home Affairs.
City of Mitcham will host its next Citizenship Ceremony at Blackwood Community Centre on Thursday March 26, 2020.
The Department of Home Affairs will send you an invitation to your allocated ceremony with further information on how to register your attendance, what you need to bring, what time you need to be there and what to expect on the day.
We will be hosting three sittings on this day so please ensure when you are registering via the eventbrite link you have been provided in your letter from the Department of Home Affairs, you are registering for the correct sitting.
There is only room for 2 guests per Conferee, please stick to this number as there is limited spacing and chairs. We structure it this way so there is minimal waiting time for new Conferees to finalise their citizenship journey.
If you have any questions about when you will be able to attend a ceremony, please contact the Department of Home Affairs via email Adelaide.Citizenship@homeaffairs.gov.au or phone 131 880.
Can other people come along to the Citizenship Ceremony with me?
Yes. You are welcome to bring close family members with you to celebrate. Generally this is capped at two guests per conferee due to space limitations; you will be advised of the number of people that can join you in your invitation from the Department of Home Affairs.
Is there a dress code?
Yes, smart casual or traditional dress is the dress code for all Citizenship Ceremonies hosted by the City of Mitcham.
Can I attend a Citizenship Ceremony in another Council area instead?
Yes. If you have received approval from the Department of Home Affairs and require to attend a ceremony prior to the next upcoming date with the City of Mitcham, you can participate in a citizenship ceremony with another Council. This will need to be established with the Department of Home Affairs.
Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony held annually on 26 January.
The City of Mitcham hosts an Australia Day celebration each year where we also undertake a citizenship ceremony. All residents of Mitcham are invited to attend this special day and to enjoy the free entertainment.
What should I do after I have received my invitation to participate in a Citizenship Ceremony from the Department of Home Affairs?
You will need to register your attendance via the link to Eventbrite you will find in the letter you receive from the Department of Home Affairs, there is only space for 2 guests per Conferee. If you require any further information after you have received your invitation from the Department of Home Affairs, please contact the City of Mitcham Events and Grants Officer via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about passports can be found through the Department of Foreign Affairs website www.dfat.gov.au or via phone on 131 232.