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.
It is a great way to celebrate what it means to be Australian!
Anyone can participate, even those who are not yet Australian citizens. The affirmation ceremony has no legal effect or status.
Affirmation ceremonies are often hosted by community organisations, schools and often form part of local council citizenship ceremonies.
Australia Day celebrations often include an affirmation ceremony as a way of publicly declaring our pride in being Australian citizens. Learn more about how to include the affirmation in your celebrations and see what others have done at the National Australia Day Council's Australian Citizenship Affirmation website.
See: Australian Citizenship Affirmation
Any Australian citizen can lead an affirmation ceremony.
The Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code tells you how to conduct an affirmation ceremony.
See: Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code (1.6MB PDF file)
As an Australian citizen
I affirm my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect,
and whose laws I uphold and obey.
History of the affirmation ceremony
The first affirmation ceremony was held in NSW on 26 January 1999. It was held as part of an Australia Day citizenship ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of Australian citizenship and proved very successful and popular.
In February 2000, the Australian Citizenship Council recommended that councils conduct affirmation ceremonies to increase awareness of the value and importance of citizenship among all Australians.
Affirmation ceremonies are part of celebrations for days of national significance such as: