Citizenship Ceremony Update
Date: 29 June 2020
The City will recommence citizenship ceremonies from August 2020. To ensure the safety of our community, the following changes will be in place:
- Ceremonies will be conducted with smaller numbers and physical distancing measures in place.
- Conferees will be permitted to bring one guest.
- Children under 16 will not be permitted to attend. Any child under 16 who is included on your application will become a citizen at the same time as you.
The Department of Home Affairs will continue to offer online ceremonies to conferees. The Department will be in touch with eligible applicants shortly. For further information about this format of ceremonies, please email email@example.com.
Applications to become an Australian Citizen are processed through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). All enquiries should be directed to the DIAC by ringing 131 880 or visit their website
Once you have received an approval letter from the DIAC, your details will be forwarded to the City of Belmont for the next available ceremony. Please note your details are not sent to the council straight away and can take between 3 – 6 months for council to receive your details, however this waiting time can vary. Once we have received your approval we will then arrange for you to attend a ceremony and make the pledge of commitment.
Making the citizenship pledge is a formal ceremony that is conducted by the Mayor of the City of Belmont. Children under 16 years of age are not required to recite the pledge or attend the ceremony but are encouraged to do so.
The invitation will be sent via email as per your contact details provided to the DIAC, if these details change you will need to contact DIAC on 131 880 to update this information. All information regarding time and location of the ceremony are provided within this email. You will be required to reply to this email advising of your attendance and number of guests (max. 3). The City holds monthly ceremonies throughout the year excluding December and every effort is made for candidates to attend the first available ceremony. There may be a four to six month waiting period, however the waiting time can vary.
Please arrive for registration at 5pm, with the ceremony starting at 5:30pm and concluding around 6:30pm, with refreshments served to you and your guests after the formal proceedings.
All new candidates will be required to fill out an Electoral Enrolment Form at the ceremony.
Conferees at citizenship ceremonies are encouraged to wear smart, casual attire, or national/traditional/cultural dress which reflects the significance of the occasion.
This Dress Code is a requirement of the Australian Government’s Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code.
The Presiding Officer will have the discretion to decide if those who do not meet the requirements of the dress code, can make the Pledge of Commitment to become an Australian Citizen.
For any enquiries regarding citizenship ceremonies, please contact the City of Belmont at firstname.lastname@example.org.