Australian Citizenship Ceremonies
Posted 3rd July, 2012 by Corporate Support Team
Most people are required to make the Pledge of Commitment as the final step in becoming an Australian citizen. Once their application has been approved by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, arrangements are made for them to attend a citizenship ceremony at which time they make the Pledge. Once the Pledge had been made before a person delegated by the Minister, the person is an Australian citizen.
Application forms and more information can be found on the Department of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs website:
http://www.citizenship.gov.au or by Telephone: 131 880
About an Australian Citizenship Ceremony
Local councils arrange most Citizenship Ceremonies after receiving certificates from the Minister. The Ceremonies are usually held at the Riverina Highlands Building.
Special ceremonies are arranged to celebrate Citizenship Day (17 September) and Australia Day (26 January).
There are legal requirements for citizenship ceremonies and these are set out in the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code.
Elements of a Citizenship Ceremony
Ceremonies are simple and dignified occasions. They can vary quite a bit but the main elements are:
- official welcome
- an address by a special guest
- the Pledge of Commitment to Australia
- presentation of certificates
- presentation of a gift to all new citizens
- Australian Citizenship Affirmation by existing citizens
- singing of the national anthem, Advance Australia Fair