Australian citizenship celebrations

Citizenship is celebrated in Australia in a number of different ways.

60th anniversary of Australian citizenship

In 2009 we celebrated the 60th anniversary of Australian citizenship. Since the first citizenship ceremony was held in 1949, over four million people have chosen to become Australian citizens.

Australian citizenship quilt project

The Australian Citizenship Quilt project began in Melbourne in February 2005. The assembled quilts were unveiled on Australian Citizenship Day 2005 and then toured Australia in 2006. The quilts are now stored in the National Museum of Australia.

Citizenship Place

Citizenship Place is a permanent tribute to the 60th anniversary of Australian citizenship. It is positioned in a prominent location within the national capital because the first citizenship ceremony was held in Canberra in 1949.

Australia Day citizenship ceremonies have been held at this site since 1986.

Citizenship Place is located on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin between Nerang Pool and Regatta Point. It consists of a sitting wall at the lake edge with the citizenship affirmation inscribed in brass lettering and a sign outlining the timeline of Australian citizenship.

Citizenship Place was constructed by the National Capital Authority on behalf of the Australian Government and officially opened by the Governor-General, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, on Australia Day 2009.

Refugee week

Refugee Week is a special time to become an Australian citizen for people who've come to Australia under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's humanitarian program.

Around 13 000 refugees settle in Australia each year.

Watch and listen as the Sholl family from Sudan, discuss what Australian citizenship means to them as they celebrate becoming Australian citizens during Refugee Week.

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Citizenship Ceremony

At Victoria's largest ever Australian citizenship ceremony more than 2600 new citizens were officially welcomed at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in June 2010.

The new citizens came to Australia from 90 countries for a variety of reasons – to work, to study, to be with family or to seek refuge.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection organised the ceremony in partnership with the Melbourne Cricket Club, Australian Football League and Collingwood Football Club.


Last modified Thursday 13 February 2014