Becoming a citizen
All applications for Australian citizenship must be made through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Residents who have had their applications approved will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony.
2017 Citizenship ceremony dates
We hold 6 citizenship ceremonies every year at the Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham.
- Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
- Thursday 9 March
- Thursday 27 April
- Thursday 20 July
- Tuesday 5 September
- Thursday 23 November
Apply for Australian citizenship
All questions about costs, how to apply and the progress of applications for Australian citizenship, should be directed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Citizenship ceremony invitations
Once your application has been approved you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony.
Invitations are generally sent 3 weeks before the ceremony by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Ceremonies are held at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham, starting at 7pm. Please arrive 30 minutes earlier for registration.
If you are unable to attend, an invitation will be sent for the following ceremony. Families and friends are welcome to come along.
What to bring to your ceremony
You will need to bring photo ID (like driver's licence, learner's permit or passport), and your invitation letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. If you do not have photo ID, you can not take part in the ceremony.
If you wish to make your oath on a book that relates to your religious beliefs, please bring that book to the ceremony.