Citizenship

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 in our Town Hall.

How to start the citizenship process

To start the process of becoming an Australian citizen, contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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 Immigration & Border Protection 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 Immigration is 131 880

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 DIBP 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 DIBP. If you require a replacement certificate, you will need to contact the Department on 131 880.

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 monthly at the Randwick Town Hall, corner Frances and Avoca Streets, Randwick. 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 Immigration and Border Protection.

Bringing guests to your ceremony

Family and friends are more than welcome to attend our ceremonies. There is guest seating available in the Town Hall although we recommend they arrive a few minutes early to secure a seat. The ceremony starts at 7pm so all recipients need to arrive 30 minutes beforehand for seating arrangements. The ceremony approximately takes an hour and the recipients are welcome to stay for a light supper courtesy of Council to celebrate this important occasion.

Unfortunately there is a long wait list for a ceremony here at Randwick City Council. It can take up to 6 months to be invited to a ceremony after you receive your approval letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. If you require a urgent ceremony you need to contact the DIBP on 131 880.

The confirmed Citizenship Ceremony dates for 2017:

Thursday 26 January (Australia Day)
Thursday 2 February
Thursday 2 March
Thursday 6 April
Thursday 4 May
Thursday 1 June
Thursday 6 July
Thursday 3 August
Thursday 7 September
Thursday 5 October
Thursday 2 November
Thursday 7 December

Here are some highlights from our ceremony on Australia Day 2016 at the Prince Henry Centre Little Bay.

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