Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, face-to-face Australian citizenship ceremonies have now resumed with most local government councils across the country including the City of Kingston. Conferees are required to attend a Citizenship Ceremony to take the Pledge of Australian Citizenship in-person and cannot request to complete their ceremony virtually.
Ceremonies are subject to the Victorian Government directions applicable to the venue and as such some minor restrictions remain in place including a limit on the number of guests conferees may invite to attend. However the ceremony is a major milestone for conferees and the City of Kingston endeavours to mark the occasion and make it an enjoyable celebration for all in attendance while also abiding by the relevant directions.
Conferees will be allocated to a ceremonies in accordance with the City of Kingston waitlist. Enquiries regarding a candidates position on the waitlist should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs 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 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.
Ceremony time location & time
City of Kingston Citizenship Ceremonies take place at the Kingston City Hall, 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin
Conferees for citizenship must register their attendance between 5.15 - 6.15pm. The ceremony will commence at 6.30pm and should conclude at approximately 7.30pm. Refreshments are served while photographs are available from 7.30 - 8.30pm.
If you have received your invitation the to attend a ceremony, 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.
What to bring
Conferees must bring with them their letter from the Department of Home Affairs advising of the ceremony and photo identification showing their current address, such as a Drivers Licence. If your photo identification is a Passport which does not display your address, a utility bill or similar in your name must be presented as proof of address.
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.
View the parking map of Kingston City Hall and surrounds.
A Citizenship Ceremony is a celebration of an important milestone - becoming an Australian. You are encouraged to bring guests to witness you take the Pledge and celebrate the occasion. There are no restrictions on the number of guests you can bring, however please be advised guest must sit in a separate section of the Hall from the conferees
In fitting with the occasion, the dress code for the Ceremony is Smart Casual, national or cultural dress is encouraged.
What to expect
The Ceremony involves the following elements:
- Welcome and address from the City of Kingston Mayor
- Speeches from Federal or State Government representatives
- The Pledge of Australian Citizenship, lead by the Presiding Officer
- Live performances of Australian music
- The presentation of gifts
Following the Ceremony conferees and guests can access:
- Photographs with the Mayor - a gift from Council to remember the occasion
Representatives of the Rotary Club of Moorabbin are in attendance at Ceremonies and present all conferees a gift of a small native tree. The City of Kingston is very grateful to the Rotary Club of Moorabbin for their attendance and support of the Ceremonies.
Each Conferee also receives the following gifts from Council:
- Australian Flag lapel pin
- Photograph with the Mayor, printed on the spot
The City of Kingston is committed to making the Citizenship Ceremonies accessible and enjoyable to all conferees.
If you have any queries or concerns about the Ceremony, please contact the City of Kingston Events Team on 1300 653 356 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your circumstances.