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Australian Citizenship

How do I apply for citizenship?

You can apply for Australian Citizenship online or request paper copies of relevant forms form the Department of Home Affairs. 

Lodge your completed application together with an application fee to the Department. 

You will be asked to attend an appointment to have an interview and sit a citizenship test. 

 For more information visit Department of Home Affairs or call 131 881.

Australian citizenship ceremonies

The Shire of Harvey holds citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs. The ceremonies are held throughout the year for Shire residents to receive their Australian Citizenship.

A citizenship ceremony is where you make the Australian citizenship pledge, the final step in becoming an Australian.

Once you have received approval of Australian Citizenship from the Department of Home Affairs, contact us to find out about upcoming citizenship ceremonies.

Frequently asked questions

How often are citizenship ceremonies held?

The Shire holds regular ceremonies throughout the year; Australia Day along with two to three other ceremonies per year.

What is the wait time to attend a ceremony?

The time varies between three and six months after you have received approval from the Department of Home Affairs. Note that the waiting time starts from the date of approval, not the interview date.

Where are the ceremonies held?

The Shire will advise on the location of the ceremony in your invitation.

When will I receive my invitation to a ceremony?

The Shire endeavours to give you as much notice as possible, however this usually ranges between four to six week prior to the ceremony in the form of an email invite.

What if I cannot attend the scheduled ceremony I have been invited to?

That’s ok! Let us know and we will keep you in mind for the next one.

What happens once I have accepted the invitation?

We look forward to seeing you at the ceremony! If you need anything during that time, please seek assistance from the Shire.

How many guests can I bring to the ceremony?

Usually no more than 10 per family however this may change depending on the current Department of Health guidelines.

What do I need to bring with me to the ceremony when becoming naturalised?

Upon check in you are required to prove your identity; an Australian driver’s licence or if you do not hold a driver’s licence additional forms of identification may include: passport, credit cards, Medicare card or bills showing your name and current address. 

How long does the ceremony take?

The citizenship ceremony generally takes an hour depending on the number of participants.

Is there a dress code for the ceremony?

Smart attire is encouraged.

What if my contact details have changed?

Please inform the Shire along with the Department of Home Affairs.

I have lost my Citizenship certificate, what should I do?

If you have lost your citizenship certificate you must contact the Department of Home Affairs to arrange for a replacement.