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Australian citizenship ceremonies

Whether Australian by birth or by choice, citizenship is an important common bond at the heart of a unified and inclusive country. See this page for update on citizenship ceremonies and COVID restrictions.

COVID-19 Update


  • In-person ceremonies are not possible at present
  • We are running 2 online ceremonies per week
  • If you are allocated to an online ceremony you will be contacted directly



  • If you attend an online ceremony your certificate will be sent to you by registered post from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)
  • Ordinarily it will take approximately 3 weeks for your certificate to arrive
  • Due to the work from home requirements this may take longer than normal at present
  • If you haven't received your certificate after 3 weeks and would like to follow up please call the DHA on 131 880.
Updated 24 August 2021

If you’d like to become an Australian citizen, you must apply through the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

What role does Glen Eira play in citizenship?

On behalf of the Commonwealth Government, we hold a number of ceremonies at Glen Eira Town Hall each year. The Mayor of Glen Eira hosts the ceremonies, with key speakers and parliamentary representatives also attending.

The DHA assesses citizenship applications and sends the successful applicants details to us. They also decide who attends our citizenship ceremonies and send the invitations.

Due to the impact COVID-19 on our community, citizenship ceremonies may be run in a reduced format and with fewer numbers or online if required.

Online ceremonies

Online citizenship ceremonies were introduced in March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Online group Citizenship Ceremonies are being run by Glen Eira City Council during lockdown. Conferees will be contacted if they have been allocated a spot for an online ceremony.

Upcoming ceremonies

 In-person ceremonies are not being held at present due to the lockdown.

Past ceremonies

  • 26 January 2021 - Mallanbool Reserve*
  • 29 April 2021 - Auditorium, Glen Eira Town Hall
  • 2 June 2021 - Auditorium, Glen Eira Town Hall - CANCELLED
  • 9 June 2021 - Auditorium, Glen Eira Town Hall - CANCELLED
  • 22 July 2021 (10.30am and 1.30pm) - Auditorium, Glen Eira Town Hall - CANCELLED.
  • 23 July 2021 (10.30am and 1.30pm) - Auditorium, Glen Eira Town Hall - CANCELLED.

* Assisted by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council