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 in the Council Chambers at Wyong.

The Role of Council

Wyong Shire Council holds citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for approved candidates who live in the Shire. The Council does not process or lodge applications.

2016 Citizenship Ceremony Dates

*Please note that these dates may be subject to change

  • Tuesday 26 January 2016 - 10.00am to 12.00noon (Australia Day)
  • Monday 21 March 2016 - 7.00pm to 9.00pm (rescheduled from 14/3/2016)
  • Monday 16 May 2016 - 7.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Monday 18 July 2016 - 7.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Monday 5 September 2016 - 7.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Monday 14 November 2016 - 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Wyong Shire Citizenship Ceremony consists of:

Reading of the Acknowledgement of Country Statement
Reading of the Ministers Message – The Hon Scott Morrison MP
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 Immigration and Border Protection 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 Immigration and Border Protection 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 Immigration and Border Patrol on 131 880.

Are there any fees involved in becoming an Australian Citizen?

Yes; all fees are payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Click here to view their current Citizenship fees.

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 in our Council Chambers.

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 and obtain their pledge, name tag and fill our Electoral forms.

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 Wyong Shire Council, 2 Hely Street, Wyong NSW 2259.

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

You are requested to bring your invitation letter from the Department of Immigration 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.

Wyong Council will also have a Communications Officer present to take photographs of your receiving your certificate, which will be mailed to you after the ceremony as a gift.

Are there facilities for Disabled, Elderly or Children’s prams?

Yes. The Ceremony is conducted on the first level of the Wyong Council Chambers.

There is a ramp allowing you to access Council’s front entrance and also you can request to take the lift to Council Chambers, to receive your certificate, if you require.

If you require assistance please advise staff upon your arrival.

What if I cannot attend the Ceremony?

Please contact Wyong Council’s Citizenship Officer on (02) 4350 5316 if you are unable to attend your Ceremony, we will then advise the Department of Immigration and Border Patrol and you will be allocated another Ceremony date.

Please note that the Department of Immigration only permit you to reschedule your Citizenship Ceremony a maximum of three times

Is it possible to arrange a ceremony earlier than the next scheduled citizenship ceremony?

Private ceremonies are only performed where a candidate requires conferral of their Australian citizenship due to extenuating circumstances and may be carried out by the Department of Immigration at one of its offices.

Any candidates requiring a private ceremony must contact the Department of Immigration to advise of their situation and also provide supporting evidence.

The Department of Immigration is the approving authority and will assess each situation to determine whether a private ceremony may be approved.

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.

Can I visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s office in person?

Please telephone the department before going to any office, as NSW Citizenship has moved to an appointment only model.

Clients will not be seen without an appointment.