Becoming an Australian Citizen
Australian Citizenship Ceremonies in the ACT
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Schedule of Australian Citizenship Ceremonies for 2016
Becoming a citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people. It gives a sense of belonging because you can fully participate in all aspects of Australian life.
The final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen, for most people, is to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at an Australian citizenship ceremony. Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to attend your ceremony. Generally, it takes three to six months from the time your application is approved to be invited to a ceremony.
Citizenship ceremonies are special events. They fulfil requirements under Australian citizenship law. They also provide an important opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community.
For further information on becoming an Australian citizen, please visit the Australian Government website: http://www.citizenship.gov.au/ceremonies/ or contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on 131 880.
Most citizenship ceremonies across Australia are organised and hosted by local councils. In the ACT, there are no local councils, and the majority of citizenship ceremonies are organised and hosted by the ACT Government (through the ACT Office of Multicultural Affairs in the Community Services Directorate) and are usually held at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre in Civic.
On some occasions, separate ceremonies are hosted in Canberra by the Australian Government's Department of Immigration and Border Protection Regional Office (DIBP).
To enable our local and federal representatives to welcome new citizens, the dates of the ceremonies have been selected by taking into account the sitting days of the local and federal parliaments.
The length of the ceremony is normally between 60-90 minutes, depending on the number of candidates. Candidates are required to arrive at the venue prior to the commencement of the ceremony to register their attendance and to complete their electoral enrolment forms.
Special seats are reserved at the ceremony for candidates. Other seating arrangements are available for guests, but these seats are limited and some guests may have to stand during the ceremony.
Every year the ACT Government provides an annual schedule of ceremony dates in the ACT to DIBP.
DIBP is then responsible for allocating the names of the individuals who will be conferred Australian citizenship against the list of dates that the ACT Government has provided. The ACT Government has no influence over which individuals will be allocated into which date. That is the responsibility of DIBP.
After DIBP has allocated names against a ceremony date, it then provides that list to the ACT Government, usually 2-3 weeks prior to each ceremony. The ACT Government then writes to those individuals to provide relevant details in relation to their ceremony. That is the extent of our involvement in this process.
At no stage does the ACT Government have access to an annual listing of individual names for each of the ceremonies.
Read more information regarding Schedule of Australian Citizenship Ceremonies for 2017
The ACT Government does not process or assess citizenship applications at any stage. That is the responsibility of DIBP and you will need to contact DIBP directly.
All details provided on your Citizenship Certificate is the responsibility of DIBP and you will need to contact DIBP directly.
If you have an urgent and specific circumstance which requires you to have your citizenship ceremony urgently, you must contact DIBP and discuss it with them as soon as possible. The ACT Government has no authority to schedule or reschedule your ceremony date.
If you need to change the date of your ceremony DIBP can generally accommodate you but you will need to let DIBP know as soon as possible.