Becoming an Australian citizen

Whether Australian by birth or by choice, citizenship is an important common bond for all Australians as it lies at the heart of a unified, cohesive and inclusive Australia.

If you would like to become an Australian citizen, you must apply through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), who can be contacted on 13 18 80 or by visiting www.immi.gov.au

Glen Eira City Council’s role

On behalf of the Commonwealth Government, Glen Eira City Council holds a number of ceremonies each year. Ceremonies are held at Glen Eira Town Hall. The Mayor of Glen Eira hosts the ceremonies, attended by key speakers representing Federal and State Parliament. Ceremonies run for about one hour. DIAC assesses the applications for citizenship and forwards the names of successful applicants on to Council. DIAC determines which applicants will attend each of the Citizenship ceremonies.

Citizenship dates for 2017

  • Australia Day — Thursday 26 January, 10am
  • Wednesday 8 March, 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 19 April, 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 7 June, 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 19 July, 7.30pm  
  • Wednesday 6 September, 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 November, 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 December, 7.30pm

Frequently asked questions

What are the contact details for the DIMIA?

DIAC can be contacted on 13 18 80, via their website at www.immi.gov.au or write to DIAC at GPO Box 241, Melbourne VIC 3001 or visit DIAC in person at Level 5, 76 Thomas Street, Dandenong.

How will I know when I should attend a ceremony?

If your citizenship application is successful, DIAC will write to you, advising of the details (date, time and place) of the citizenship ceremony to be held at Glen Eira Town Hall, as well as the paperwork you should bring for identification. If you are unable to attend the ceremony on the advised date, you will need to contact the Department to make them aware as soon as possible.

What time do the ceremonies start and how long do they last for?

Ceremonies commence at 8pm and conclude around 9pm. It is asked that you arrive no later than 7.30pm to register your name and obtain your seat number. Seating for the people being naturalised is numbered and marked with the person’s name. This is to facilitate the smooth running of the ceremony. Please note: the Australia Day ceremony commences at 10am.

Can I bring family to watch?

  • Yes, you are welcome to bring close family along for support.