Australian Citizenship

Citizenship ceremonies

Making the Australian Citizenship Pledge is the final step in becoming an Australian Citizen, and the District Council of Grant 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 on 131 880 or by visiting their website.

Applications must be lodged at the Department of Home Affairs. To find out more please call the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the waiting time for a ceremony?
The Department of Home Affairs advises that once you have received the approval letter from the Department of Home Affairs, the waiting time can be between 4 to 6 months.

How can I find out when my Citizenship Ceremony will be?
Citizenship Ceremonies are gauged by a Conferral Planning Reports sent to the District Council of Grant from the Department of Home Affairs. Once these reports are received by the Council, you will then be contacted by the Council to arrange a ceremony.

When and where are Citizenship Ceremonies held?
Citizenship Ceremonies are held in Council Chamber of the District Council of Grant Chamber.  Ceremonies will also be held on Australia Day and Citizenship Day and other times throughout the year as required.

How long does the Citizenship Ceremony run for?
The Citizenship Ceremony will run for approximately 30 minutes.

What will the ceremony involve?
Ceremonies can vary slightly but the main elements are:

  • Official welcome
  • Pledge of commitment to Australia
  • Presentation of certificates of Australia citizenship
  • Presentation of a gift to all new citizens

Do I have to bring anything with me to the ceremony?
Please bring a form of identification, Drivers Licence, Passport etc.

What is the dress code for the ceremony?
Smart casual dress or traditional dress.

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. The District Council of Grant will be advised by the Department of Home Affairs of your preference and will present you with a pledge card upon your name being called at the ceremony to read from.

What is the difference between the Oath and the Affirmation pledge?
There are two variations of the citizenship pledge - the Oath and the Affirmation. The Oath pledge refers to 'God' whereas the Affirmation pledge does not. When you receive your invitation to a ceremony, it will note the pledge that you have selected during the Department of Home Affairs approval process.

If I choose to make an oath pledge, can I bring my own bible?
The District Council of Grant encourages people to bring any religious books that they would like to make an oath on.

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 to become an Australian citizen. Children under the age of 16 are not legally required to take the citizenship pledge, however the District Council of Grant encourages them to participate in taking the citizenship pledge where possible.

Can I bring guests to the Citizenship Ceremony?
You are most welcome to share this memorable occasion with relatives and friends. 

Will I receive my certificate at the ceremony?
Yes. Once the candidates have been invited and accepted the invitation to the ceremony, the District Council of Grant is required to order the Citizenship Certificates from the Department of Home Affairs four weeks prior to the ceremony. The certificates are printed and sent to the Council for the ceremony.

I have lost my citizenship certificate, what should I do?
If you have lost your citizenship certificate, you will need to contact the Department of Home Affairs to arrange a replacement on 13 18 80. The District Council of Grant cannot issue or replace citizenship certificates.

For further information visit the Department of Home Affairs.

Principal Office
Mount Gambier

324 Commercial Street West

PO Box 724

Mount Gambier SA 5290

Port MacDonnell
Community Complex

5 Charles Street

Port MacDonnell SA 5291

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