How to apply to become an Australian citizen

The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection is responsible for everything about Australian citizenship.

To apply to become an Australian citizen you need to contact the Department on 131 881.

What happens after Australian citizenship is approved

When your application for Australian citizenship is approved, you will receive a letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with the date and location of your Citizenship Ceremony.

Generally, your Citizenship Ceremony will be held at your local Council within 6 months from the time your application is approved, although waiting times can vary.

You must attend the Citizenship Ceremony as the final phase of being granted Australian citizenship.

Moreland City Council Citizenship Ceremonies

Moreland City Council holds Citizenship Ceremonies approximately every 2 months to present new citizens with their Certificate of Australian Citizenship.

What happens at a Citizenship Ceremony

At the Citizenship Ceremony you are required to pledge your allegiance to Australia and its laws. The pledge you say will be the one you chose on your application form.

You are then presented with a Certificate of Australian Citizenship, which formally represents conferral of Australian citizenship.

Who attends Citizenship Ceremonies

The Mayor of Moreland presides over Citizenship Ceremonies and politicians who represent Moreland, both federal and state, are also invited.

A prominent member of the Moreland community usually makes a keynote address at the ceremonies.

You are welcome to bring guests to the ceremony to share this special occasion.

If you require any special assistance, please contact Council on 9240 1111

What to bring to a Citizenship Ceremony

You need to bring your letter from the Department and photo identification, for example, a passport or drivers licence.

Time and location of Citizenship Ceremonies

Ceremonies take about 2 hours and are held at the Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg commencing at 6.30 pm (except on Australia Day at 10.30 am).

You should arrive about 30 minutes before the ceremony so that you can register before the ceremony begins.

Upcoming Moreland Citizenship Ceremonies

  • Thursday 20 April 2017
  • Thursday 18 May 2017
  • Thursday 22 June 2017
  • Thursday 20 July 2017
  • Thursday 17 August 2017
  • Thursday 21 September 2017
  • Thursday 19 October 2017
  • Thursday 16 November 2017