Yes, you must attend the ceremony. You will not become an Australian citizen until you have read the Australian citizenship pledge in the presence of a presiding officer (Minister for Home Affairs, Mayor, Deputy Mayor or CEO of Sutherland Shire Council).

Four weeks before a ceremony date. Email invitations are sent directly from the Department of Home Affairs.

The pledge contains the words you will read out in the presence of the Presiding Officer in order to complete your Citizenship requirements.

Two versions of the pledge are available at the Department of Home Affairs website.

Children 16 and under DO NOT have to attend this ceremony in order to receive their certificate. Their certificate can be given to their attending parent.

Please bring a form of photographic identification for registration (drivers’ licence, passport OR three documents with your name, address and signature e.g. bank statements, credit cards, bills).

  • Arrive 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.
  • Check in at the registration desk.
  • Find a seat for you and your guest
  • You must stay at the location until the ceremony begins.
  • The ceremony will start with speeches followed by the pledge.
  • You will be asked to stand as a group to read out the pledge.

You should allow 90 minutes for registration, ceremony, refreshments and photos.

Smart business or smart casual clothing. You can also wear national/traditional costume.

Yes, you can take photos.

If your children are attending they are welcome to sit with you (prams are also welcome).

Yes. If you have family and friends also taking their pledge of commitment at the same ceremony they can sit next to you.

Yes, you can invite one guest to the ceremony.

<Contact us> before the ceremony and we will assist you.

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Citizenship team