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Applying for citizenship

For those seeking to become Australian citizens, the first step is to visit the Citizenship website or to call the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

Applications must be made to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Once an application for citizenship is approved, the department will send successful applicants an invitation to the next available citizenship ceremony in Monash.

Attending a local citizenship ceremony

Council conducts regular citizenship ceremonies throughout the year.

At the ceremonies, successful applicants are asked to pledge their allegiance to Australia and its laws. Applicants are able to invite family members or other guests along to share in their special moment.

Citizenship ceremonies will be held at Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University (commencing at 6pm - candidates should refer to their letter of invitation for the required arrival time) on the following dates:

  • Thursday 7 May 2015
  • Wednesday 12 August 2015
  • Wednesday 30 September 2015

If you have any questions about attending a citizenship ceremony you have been invited to, please contact Council's Customer Service team on 9518 3555. All other enquiries should be directed to the Department of Immigration & Border Protection.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about citizenship ceremonies

Awaiting a citizenship ceremony

The Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) and local councils work in close partnership to provide the timeliest ceremony possible. Due to the high number of clients requiring ceremonies throughout Victoria and the level of planning required by local councils, waiting periods can differ depending on each location.

Clients can expect to be invited to a ceremony by DIBP in the location of their residence. Requests for ceremony invitations in other council areas will not be facilitated without appropriate reasons and, if applicable, supporting evidence.

An indicative waiting period for a ceremony is usually 3-6 months from the date of approval. Once a client has been allocated to a ceremony, the department will contact the client by mail at the postal address provided on their application.

Travelling before a ceremony

Clients who need to travel prior to their ceremony can travel on their current valid travel document/passport and must ensure they have a valid visa for re-entry into Australia.

For further assistance with visas, you may wish to contact the Department's General Enquiries line on 131 881.

Unable to attend a ceremony

Clients that have advised the department that they cannot attend a ceremony (which they have been invited to) will have this information recorded in their individual client record. Clients will generally be placed on the waiting list for the next available ceremony with their local council, unless the department has been notified of specific, confirmed overseas travel dates. Clients that have notified the department of overseas travel can generally expect to be invited to the next ceremony following the date of arrival in Australia. A letter regarding non-attendance may be sent in the mail - no response or further action is required from clients.

***Please note that clients must attend a ceremony within 12 months after the day on which they received notification of approval, or risk the possible cancellation of the approval decision. ***

Requests for an urgent citizenship ceremony

Requests for urgent citizenship ceremonies must be submitted in writing to the department by mail or fax via the following methods:

By Mail:
Administration Team
Attention: Team Leader
Department of Immigration & Border Protection
GPO Box 241
Melbourne VIC 3001
By Fax:
03 9235 3089
Attention: Team Leader - Administration Team

Requests for urgent citizenship ceremonies MUST be in the following form:
  • Contain a detailed written request clearly outlining the reasons for urgency (including mobile phone number and email address), and
  • Evidence regarding the urgent nature of your request - certified true copies required, and
  • Evidence of international travel reflecting travel dates - if applicable.

The number of candidates able to attend departmental ceremonies is limited, therefore it is important to reserve those places for candidates who can demonstrate an urgent and compassionate need (such as to visit a seriously ill close relative, to attend a funeral of a close family member, etc,).

If you wish to undertake urgent travel on an Australian passport you should demonstrate that you are unable to travel on or obtain a passport from your current country of nationality.

People seeking more information are encouraged to visit the visit the Citizenship website or to call the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

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Last updated: 30 March 2015

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