ACT Government hosted Citizenship Ceremonies
The ACT Government is recommencing monthly citizenship ceremonies from July 2020. The ceremonies will be delivered in a way that respects social gathering and physical distancing requirements.
Australian Citizenship Ceremonies
The ACT Government is proud to host citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs. Our role in welcoming new citizens to Canberra is one we greatly value and hope our newest citizens enjoy.
The final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen 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.
Most citizenship ceremonies across Australia are organised and hosted by local councils. In the ACT, there are no local councils, and many citizenship ceremonies are organised and hosted by the ACT Government's Community Services Directorate.
On some occasions, separate ceremonies are hosted in Canberra by the Department of Home Affairs.
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.
As a result of the requirement to maintain physical distancing and numbers of attendees at recommended levels, attendance at citizenship ceremonies will be by invitation only. New citizens can invite one guest and all guest names must be provided via the RSVP slip provided.
Some Canberrans became citizens by way of a virtual citizenship ceremony during the COVID-19 restrictions. The ACT Government is extending invitations to these Canberrans to participant in an upcoming ceremony to celebrate this important occasion.
The ACT Government hosted citizenship ceremonies will be held on the following dates:
20 July 2020
10 August 2020
1 September 2020
26 October 2020
16 November 2020
7 December 2020
The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for allocating people a date for their ceremony.
After the Department of Home Affairs has allocated people to a ceremony date, a list is provided to the ACT Government, usually 2-3 weeks prior to each ceremony. The ACT Government will write to each person to provide information about their ceremony.
The ACT Government does not have access to an annual listing of names for each of the ceremonies.
The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for all matters relating to applications for Australian citizenship, including citizenship ceremonies. Information relating to your citizenship application, including how to apply, standard processing times, and where to find the status of your application can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website
Please contact the Department of Home Affairs if you need assistance with your citizenship application. The ACT Government does not process or assess citizenship applications.
Please contact the Department of Home Affairs if any details on your Citizenship Certificate are incorrect. The ACT Government is unable to change or update citizenship details.
Please contact the Department of Home Affairs if you need to change the date of your ceremony. The Department of Home Affairs can generally accommodate you, but you will need to let Department of Home Affairs know as soon as possible.