Celebrating citizenship on Australia Day

Australia Day is celebrated on 26 January each year. This day is an opportunity for us to think about the importance and value of being Australian. We celebrate what we have achieved as a nation together and recommit to making Australia an even better place for the future.

Citizenship ceremonies are an important part of Australia Day celebrations. They are often led by officials including the Governor-General, Prime Minister, government representatives or other prominent Australian citizens. Since the first Australian citizenship ceremony in 1949, more than 4.6 million people have chosen to become Australian citizens.

Australia Day is also an opportunity for all Australians to affirm their commitment to Australia by taking part in an Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony. These ceremonies may be part of a citizenship ceremony or other community function.

Find out about applying for Australian citizenship.

Australia Day 2015

Australia Day celebrations this year saw almost 16,000 people from 152 different countries become Australian citizens across the nation, in more than 330 ceremonies hosted across all states and territories.

Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP pictured on stage with the new citizens.

Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP with the new citizens at their special Australia Day citizenship ceremony on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin. Photo not to be used or reproduced without the permission of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


Along the banks of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP conferred Australian citizenship on 25 people at a special ceremony which was televised live on the ABC.

Australian of the Year Awards

All four winners of the 2015 Australian of the Year awards are pictured outside Parliament House with their awards.

2015 Australian of the Year Award recipients. (Left-right) Juliette Wright, Rosie Batty, Drisana Levitzke-Gray and Jackie French. Photo not to be used or reproduced without the permission of the National Australia Day Council.


As part of the national Australia Day celebrations, the Prime Minister announces the recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards. Each year we recognise the achievements and contributions of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia.

The department proudly sponsors the Local Hero Award which recognises the contributions of citizens in their local communities.

National Australia Day Council

Australia’s 2015 Local Hero Juliette Wright pictured with her award in front of Parliament House.

Australia's Local Hero winner for 2015, Juliette Wright. Photo not to be used or reproduced without the permission of the National Australia Day Council.


The department works in partnership with the National Australia Day Council (NADC) to encourage everyone to celebrate what's great about Australia and reflect on what it means to be an Australian citizen.

Last modified Tuesday 17 March 2015