The City of Kingston is proud to run Citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). One of these ceremonies is a smaller ceremony conducted as part of the Australia Day celebrations on the 26th of January each year. The other four ceremonies are conducted on a schedule of alternating months.
The dates for Citizenship ceremonies for 2019 are:
- Saturday 26 January (Australia Day Celebration)
- Thursday 4 April
- Thursday 18 July
- Thursday 12 September
- Thursday 21 November
Excluding Australia Day, ceremonies are conducted in the evening commencing at 6.30pm, at Kingston City Hall, 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin.
If you have received notification from the Department that you are approved to gain Citizenship then you will be placed on a waiting list until the next ceremony. Official notification via post is usually received 2-3 weeks before the ceremony date.
While the City of Kingston hosts Australian citizenship ceremonies, council is unable to provide further information regarding the timing of your ceremony. All ceremony enquiries should be directed to the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.
Why should I become a citizen?
Australian citizenship is an important step in your migration story. Becoming an Australian citizen means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for. It is also the beginning of your formal membership of the Australian community. It is the step that will enable you to say 'I am Australian'.
Australian citizenship is a privilege that offers enormous rewards. By becoming an Australian citizen, you are joining a unique national community. Our country has been built on the combined contributions of our Indigenous people and those who came later from all over the world. We celebrate this diversity and at the same time, strive for a unified and harmonious nation.
The strength of the Australian community means that we work together to solve problems and to make Australia the great country that it is. We have a stable system of government and Australians respect the authority and laws of the government. Our stability, our culture and our laws have been shaped by our history. By joining the Australian community, you will inherit this history and you will be in a position to contribute to it.
Applying for citizenship
The process of applying for Australian citizenship varies depending on your eligibility. There are a number of different application options with different eligibility requirements.
Generally, to apply for Australian citizenship you will need to:
- Determine that you are eligible
- Gather your original documents
- Copy and certify your documents
- Complete and lodge your application.
More information can be gained by contacting the Department of Home Affairs at www.citizenship.gov.au
Attending your citizenship ceremony
For most people, the final step in becoming an Australian citizen is making the pledge of commitment. Once your application has been approved arrangements will be made for you to attend a citizenship ceremony where you will make the Pledge. Making the Pledge is the final legal requirement to become an Australian citizen. Usually, ceremonies are arranged by your local council within three months of your application being approved. You will receive a letter of invitation from the department prior to the event.
If you have received your invitation to attend a ceremony at the Kingston City Hall it is essential that you arrive during the registration period 5:15 -6:15pm. Late arrivals cannot participate in the Ceremony and will be returned to the waiting list. Please be aware that there is very limited parking at the venue and restricted parking in surrounding streets so please plan to arrive well before the close of registrations at 6:15pm.
A parking map of the Kingston City Hall and surrounds is available here.