Becoming a citizen
All applications for Australian citizenship must be made through the Department of Home Affairs Residents who have had their applications approved will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony.
Future dates for citizenship ceremonies 2021
All ceremonies are held at Cardinia Cultural Centre, 40 Lakeside Blvd Pakenham. Numbers are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions
- CANCELLED - Thursday 19 August, 4pm and 7pm
Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown, this ceremony will be rescheduled.
The Department of Home Affairs will contact you once a new date has been confirmed. If you have any questions, please contact the Ceremonies Office on 13 18 80
- Thursday 16 September, 7pm
- Thursday 18 November, 7pm
Applying 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 Home Affairs.
Citizenship ceremony invitations
Once your application has been approved you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony.
Invitations are generally sent three weeks prior to the ceremony by the Department of Home Affairs. 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 encouraged to come along.
What to bring to your ceremony
- Photo ID (like driver's licence, learner's permit or passport). If you do not have photo ID, you can not take part in the ceremony.
- Your invitation letter from the Department of Home Affairs
If you wish to make your oath on a book that relates to your religious beliefs, please bring that book to the ceremony.