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AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES

Australian FlagCumberland Council Local Government area has residents from 150 different countries and is one of Sydney’s most culturally enriched communities.
 
Cumberland Council conducts Citizenship Ceremonies monthly for residents of the Cumberland Local Government area wishing to become Australian citizens.  These Ceremonies are conducted under delegated authority of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.
  
Listed within this section are the most frequently asked questions about obtaining Australian Citizenship as well as contact details for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Hear the Australian Citizenship Pledge and its meaning.

 

2017 Citizenship Ceremony Dates

 
 
Date​ ​Day

​Commencing

time

​Venue
​26 January ​Thursday ​4.00pm ​Holroyd Gardens Cnr Pitt & Walpole St Merrylands
​22 February ​Wednesday ​​6.30pm ​Holroyd Centre, 17 Miller Street, Merrylands
​13 March ​Monday 6.30pm ​Holroyd Centre, 17 Miller Street, Merrylands
​20 April ​Thursday ​10.30am ​Holroyd Centre, 17 Miller Street, Merrylands
​​20 April ​Thursday ​6.30pm ​​Holroyd Centre, 17 Miller Street, Merrylands
​​8 May ​Monday ​​10.30am ​​​Holroyd Centre, 17 Miller Street, Merrylands
​8 May ​Monday ​​6.30pm ​Holroyd Centre, 17 Miller Street, Merrylands

6 June

​Tuesday ​​6.30pm ​Holroyd Centre, 17 Miller Street, Merrylands
​24 July ​Monday ​6:30pm ​Holroyd Centre, 17 Miller Street, Merrylands
​21 August ​Monday ​6:30pm ​Holroyd Centre, 17 Miller Street, Merrylands
​23 October ​Monday ​6.30pm ​Holroyd Centre, 17 Miller Street, Merrylands
​13 November ​Monday ​6:30pm ​Holroyd Centre, 17 Miller Street, Merrylands
 
  
 
Cumberland Council’s role is to conduct the Ceremonies only and is NOT a point of contact for those wishing to take out Australian Citizenship.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:    Where can I obtain an Application Form for Citizenship?

  • Answer:    Application forms for Australian Citizenship can be obtained by calling: - Department of Immigration & Border Protection on 131 880, or the Citizenship Website www.citizenship.gov.au  

Q:    How do I know when my ceremony is?

  • Answer:    Once the Department of Immigration & Border Protection has sent your letter approving your application for Australian Citizenship, they will then send you a letter of invitation advising you where and when your Ceremony will take place.C ouncil has no prior knowledge of a Conferee’s details or what Ceremony they are allocated to until a Pledge Verification List is received from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection for the conducting of a Ceremony.

Q:    What if I cannot attend the Ceremony?

  • Answer:    Please advise Council if you cannot attend, we in turn will advise the Department of Immigration & Border Protection and you will be allocated another Ceremony date.  If you consistently fail to attend you will need to discuss your circumstances and options with the Department of Immigration & Border Protection.

Q:    How do I get my Citizenship?

  • Answer:   Cumberland Council is only responsible for conducting Citizenship Ceremonies.  We have no input with applications, approvals or certifications.  All enquiries about applications and approvals need to be directed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880 or at www.citizenship.gov.au  

Q:    How long will the Ceremony go for?

  • Answer:   
    The Citizenship Ceremony takes approximately 45 minutes.  All Conferees must arrive by 5.30 pm for registration purposes.  The Ceremony commences at 6.30pm am and usually ends no later than 7.30pm.  Light refreshments are provided at the completion of the Ceremony.
  • If a Conferee arrives after the commencement of the Ceremony they will not be allowed to participate.  Their Certificate will be returned to the Department of Immigration & Border Protection and another Ceremony date will need to be allocated.
     

Q:    What do I need to bring?
  • Answer:  Proof of Identity (Licence, Passport, Visa etc) and your letter of invitation from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection.

Q:    Can I bring guests?

  • Answer:    Conferees are seated together for the Ceremony.  A separate area is designated for the seating of guests. Your guests will not be able to sit next to you during the ceremony.

Q:    Can photographs be taken at the Ceremony?

  • Answer:    Photographs can be taken as Conferees receive their Australian Citizenship Certificate from the Administrator. Please bring your camera or mobile phone and you will be given permission for family members to take photographs. We prefer guests to remain seated until the conclusion of the Ceremony.  At the completion of the Ceremony the Administrator and dignitaries will be available for photographs with Conferees.  

Q:    Can I leave after I receive my Certificate?

  • Answer:    No, the ceremony will continue with the Affirmation of Australian Citizenship and the singing of the National Anthem. The Administrator will invite conferees for additional photographs after the ceremony along with serving of refreshments.