The final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen, for most people, is to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at an Australian citizenship ceremony. Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to attend your ceremony.
Citizenship ceremonies are special events. They fulfil requirements under Australian citizenship law. They also provide an important opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community. They are often an emotional experience for the new citizen, as well as their host and guests.
An Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony often follows a citizenship ceremony, giving everyone present an opportunity to publicly affirm their loyalty to Australia in a similar way to new citizens.
Attending your ceremony
Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to attend your ceremony where you will make the Australian Citizenship Pledge.
See: Attending your citizenship ceremony
Australian Citzenship Pledge
Most people are required to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at a citizenship ceremony. In doing so you are making a public commitment to Australia and accepting the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.
See: Australian Citizenship Pledge
Australian Citizenship Affirmation
An Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony is a short ceremony where those present can publicly affirm their loyalty and commitment to Australia and its people by reciting an affirmation that is based on the Australian citizenship pledge.
See: Australian Citizenship Affirmation
Organising a ceremony
Most citizenship ceremonies are organised and hosted by local councils. The Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code provides guidance and highlights the legal requirements for conducting citizenship and affirmation ceremonies. You can download a copy of the Code and order ceremony related products.
See: Organising a ceremony
The Minister's Message
The Minister's message is a special welcoming message which is read at citizenship ceremonies.
See: The Minister's Message