Citizenship

Randwick Council will be hosting two ceremonies on Thursday 26 November 2020 at 10.30am & 11.30am at the Prince Henry Centre.

Recipients are asked to maintain physical distancing and leave the premises immediately following the ceremony. 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 two (2) per recipient.


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.

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 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 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 131 880.

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 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.

The confirmed Citizenship Ceremony dates for 2020:

Sunday 26 January (Australia Day)
Thursday 30 January
Thursday 20 February
Thursday 5 March
Friday 21 August (2 ceremonies at 10am & 12noon)
Thursday 17 September
Thursday 26 November (2 ceremonies at 10.30am & 11.30am)

Here are some highlights from our 2019 & 2020 ceremonies.

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