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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.

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Citizenship Ceremony for 25 March cancelled

For the continued good health of our community, as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the citizenship ceremony scheduled for 25 March has been cancelled.

Candidates will receive official confirmation of this cancellation from the Department of Home Affairs.

Future ceremonies with an altered format and reduced numbers will be scheduled as soon as practicable. For urgent enquiries, please contact the Department of Home Affairs Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

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.

DHA assesses citizenship applications and sends the successful applicants to us. They also decide who will attend our citizenship ceremonies.

Upcoming ceremonies

Our next ceremony is scheduled for:

  • Sunday 26 January 2020 (starts 9.30am)
  • 19 February 2020
  • 11 March 2020
  • 25 March 2020
  • 22 April 2020
  • 6 May 2020
  • 27 May 2020
  • 10 June 2020
  • 15 July 2020
  • 29 July 2020
  • 19 August 2020
  • 26 August 2020
  • 17 September 2020
  • 30 September 2020
  • 14 October 2020
  • 25 November 2020
  • 9 December 2020

Please note: Ceremonies may be cancelled if candidate numbers are low.

How will I know about my ceremony?

If your citizenship application is successful, you'll get a letter from DHA one month before the citizenship ceremony with the date, time and location (usually at the Town Hall in Caulfield). They'll also advise which identification papers you should bring eg. photo i.d.

If you're unable to attend the ceremony on the advised date, please contact DHA on 131 881 as soon as possible.

What's the start time and length?

Ceremonies start at 7.30pm and finish around 8.40pm. Candidates, please arrive no later than 6.15pm to register your name and get your seat number. Guests do not need to register.

Please note: the Australia Day ceremony starts at 9.30am.

Can I bring my family and friends?

Yes, you're welcome to bring close family and/or friends along for support. A single applicant can bring a maximum of six guests, while a family undertaking their citizenship may bring 10 guests.