Becoming an Australian citizen

Randwick City Council plays a role in local residents becoming Australian citizens. This page has tips about becoming a citizen, and details of the citizenship ceremonies we host every month at the Prince Henry Centre.

Upcoming 2021 Citizenship Ceremonies

The Mayor will be hosting two ceremonies on the following dates at 5.30pm & 7.30pm for 55 new Australians in each ceremony at the Prince Henry Centre:

  • Wednesday 19th May
  • Thursday 1st July
  • Wednesday 21st July
  • Wednesday 18th August
  • Wednesday 15th September
  • Wednesday 13th October
  • Wednesday 17th November
  • Wednesday 8th December

Under the current Public Health advice, and in accordance with our COVID safety plan, all attendees are required to sign in upon entry, preferably electronically via a QR code on your smart device. Anyone not able to sign in electronically must to complete physical paperwork as required. Members of the Randwick City Council team will greet guests on arrival to assist with this process.

If you are feeling unwell or sick please stay at home. Seating for family and friends is limited, please restrict the number of guests attending with you to one (1) per recipient.

Recipients and guests are asked leave the premises immediately following the ceremony.

How to start the citizenship process

To start the process of becoming an Australian citizen, contact the Department of Home Affairs.

Once your application has been processed and you receive your approval letter you then go on a wait list to be invited to a ceremony, this can take up to 6 months which all comes from the Department of Home Affairs as they organise everything regarding your ceremony. An invitation will be posted 3 weeks prior to the ceremony. If you have an inquiries regarding the date of your ceremony and where you are on the wait list the contact number for the Department of Home Affairs hotline is 131 881.

Your certificate is then sent to your local council and is presented to you at a Citizenship ceremony. The citizenship ceremony is the final step in becoming a new citizen. You become an Australian citizen on the date you attend the citizenship ceremony and make the pledge of commitment to Australia.

If you are unable to attend your ceremony you must contact the Department immediately so they can provide you with an alternative date. Please note that we are unable to reschedule your ceremony. If you do not advise the Department that you cannot attend and you miss your ceremony, we are unable to provide you with your certificate and it must be returned to the Department. If you require a replacement certificate, you will need to contact the Department on 131 881.

Citizenship Ceremonies at Randwick Council

Becoming an Australian citizen is something to celebrate. Citizenship ceremonies mark this important milestone in the lives of new citizens.

Ceremonies are held at the Prince Henry Centre, 2 Coast Hospital Road, Little Bay. Please bring a current form of photo identification (such as a driver's licence or passport) to your Citizenship Ceremony as stated in the invitation from the Department of Home Affairs. The dress code is smart casual.

Here are some highlights from our 2019 & 2020 ceremonies.

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