Citizenship ceremonies

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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.

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. They are often an emotional experience for the new citizen, as well as their host and guests.

An Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony often follows a citizenship ceremony, giving everyone present an opportunity to publicly affirm their loyalty to Australia in a similar way to new citizens.

Attending your ceremony

Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to attend your ceremony where you will make the Australian Citizenship Pledge.
See: Attending your citizenship ceremony

Australian Citizenship Pledge

Most people are required to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at a citizenship ceremony. In doing so you are making a public commitment to Australia and accepting the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.
See: Australian Citizenship Pledge

Australian Citizenship Affirmation

An Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony is a short ceremony where those present can publicly affirm their loyalty and commitment to Australia and its people by reciting an affirmation that is based on the Australian citizenship pledge.
See: Australian Citizenship Affirmation

Organising a ceremony

Most citizenship ceremonies are organised and hosted by local councils. The Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code provides guidance and highlights the legal requirements for conducting citizenship and affirmation ceremonies. You can download a copy of the Code and order ceremony related products.
See: Organising a ceremony

The Minister's Message

The Minister's message is a special welcoming message which is read at citizenship ceremonies.
See: The Minister's Message