Australian Citizenship represents commitment to Australia and its people. Becoming a citizen of Australia is the final legal step in your migration story. It is a process in which a non-Australian citizen voluntarily becomes an Australian citizen. Australian citizens pledge their loyalty to Australia and its people and are then entitled to its protection and to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
Applications for Citizenship are processed by the Department of Home Affairs. Information on how to become an Australian citizen can be found at www.homeaffairs.gov.au.
For most people, the final step in becoming an Australian citizen is making the pledge of commitment at an Australian Citizenship Ceremony. Successful applicants for Australian Citizenship will be invited to attend a ceremony within 3-6 months from the date their application is approved. You will receive a formal invitation.
The Adelaide Plains Council conducts four Citizenship Ceremonies each year (pending applicants)
- 26 January - Australia Day
- 21 March - Harmony Day
- 9 July - Constitution Day
- 17 September - Australian Citizenship Day
With the exception of Australia Day, where any of these dates fall on a weekend, the ceremony will be held on the next working day. Ceremonies are conducted by the Mayor and held in the Mallala or Two Wells Council Chambers unless specified. Ceremonies held on Australia Day will be included as part of the Australia Day breakfast event.
Citizenship Ceremonies are an important event and the attire should reflect the significance of the occasion. Conferees and their guests should be dressed in semi-formal, smart casual or business attire. National or traditional dress is also welcome.
New citizens are asked to arrive around 15 minutes prior to the ceremony to allow for registration. Family and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony. Applicants may also be given the opportunity to participate in ceremonies conducted by the Department of Home Affairs at the discretion of the department. For further information contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881.