Australian Citizenship

Australian Citizenship is an important common bond for all Australians (whether Australians by birth or by choice) and lies at the heart of a unified, cohesive and inclusive Australia.

Becoming an Australian citizen is an important step, committing to our nation, its people and values.

New citizens are welcomed at citizenship ceremonies held regularly at Council in Gosford and Wyong.

The Role of Council

Citizenship Ceremonies are scheduled by Council and held at both the Gosford and Wyong venues. 

Candidates are invited to a ceremony in accordance with the date of approval and the letter of invitation is sent to the candidate from the Department of Home Affairs.
 
If you have any questions regarding a citizenship ceremony please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880 or 131 881 or the Mayor’s Office at Council on 4325 8222.

The Council does not process or lodge applications.

Central Coast Citizenship Ceremony consists of:

Reading of the Acknowledgement of Country
Reading of the Ministers Message
Speeches from the Mayor and State & Federal MP’s
Citizenship Preamble
Pledge of commitment to the Commonwealth of Australia (Oath & Affirmation)
Presentation of citizenship certificates
Reciting an Affirmation to Australia and its people
Singing the Australian National Anthem ‘Advance Australia Fair’

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become an Australian Citizen?

To become an Australian citizen you need to contact the Federal Department of Home Affairs on 131 880, Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 4.30pm, or via the online Citizenship Wizard, which helps explain the application process.

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for Australian Citizenship and processes all applications.

How long does the citizenship process take?

Council is not involved in the processing of citizenship applications.

If you have submitted an application and you would like to check on how it is proceeding, you should contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.

Are there any fees involved in becoming an Australian Citizen?

Yes; all fees are payable to the Department of Home Affairs.

Do I have to attend a citizenship ceremony to become an Australian Citizen?

Yes, once you have applied and your application has been approved, the Department will contact you with an invitation to attend a citizenship ceremony.

You will become a Citizen of Australia once you have attended a Citizenship Ceremony, taken a pledge and received your Australian Citizenship Certificate.

Can I bring my family and friends to the ceremony?

Yes, you can bring family and/or friends to your Citizenship Ceremony; however we ask that you advise us of how many guests you intend on bringing due to the limited space available at our Council venues.

What Should I Wear?

Smart/casual dress attire is worn at Citizenship ceremonies.

How long does the Citizenship Ceremony take?

Citizenship Ceremonies generally takes approximately 1 hour.

All Candidates must arrive 30 minutes before the Ceremony so they can register, fill out Electoral forms and be seated.

Light refreshments are provided for all candidates and their guests in Council’s function room after each Ceremony.

Where are the ceremonies held?

Ceremonies are held at Central Coast Council at Gosford and Wyong offices, at 49 Mann Street Gosford and 2 Hely Street, Wyong.

What do I need to bring with me to the Ceremony?

You are requested to bring your invitation letter from the Department of Home Affairs and current Australian photographic identification.

For candidates who do not have any form of photographic identification, at least three documents bearing their name, address and signature, for example, bank statements, credit cards or bills.

These documents are also required as proof of identification by the Australian Electoral Commission, whose representatives will be present at the ceremony, to allow you to complete an enrolment form enabling you to vote in Australian Elections.

Can photos be taken during the ceremony?

Yes. Friends and family are welcome to take photos before, during & after the ceremony.

What if I cannot attend the Ceremony?

Please contact Council’s Mayor's office on 4325 8222 if you are unable to attend your Ceremony, we will then advise the Department of Home Affairs and you will be allocated another Ceremony date.

When can I apply for an Australian Passport?

You must attend your ceremony and receive your citizenship certificate before you can apply for an Australian Passport. The original certificate will be needed when applying for the passport.

For more information about Australian passports, please visit or call the Australian Passport Office on 131 232.