As part of our effort to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have postponed our Citizenship Ceremonies until further notice.
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As part of the new process implemented by the Department of Immigration, all queries regarding ceremony scheduling, including early or urgent ceremony allocation, must now be taken up directly with the Department of Immigration and Home Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 13 18 80.
We hold citizenship ceremonies throughout the year for residents approved by the Department of Home Affairs to become Australian citizens.
If you've applied to become an Australian citizen, and your application is approved, you will be invited to a citizenship ceremony within 12 months of your approval date.
If you have any further queries, please see the FAQs below. To RSVP to a ceremony invitation, please contact the City's Events Team on (08) 9272 0674.
Timeline - at a glance
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get Australian citizenship after permanent residency? Once I am granted citizenship, do I need to contact the City of Bayswater to apply to attend a citizenship ceremony?
There a several factors that may affect the time it takes to obtain Australia citizenship once you have become a permanent resident of Australia. Some of these factors include:
- Processing times for relevant paperwork
- Incorrect or incomplete information being submitted
- Number of eligible persons waiting to be allocated a citizenship date.
Please call the Department of Home Affairs at Telephone: 131 881 or visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/home
How many times a year does the City of Bayswater hold citizenship ceremonies?
No, you do not need to contact the City. The City will send an invitation to you, once you have been allocated a ceremony date.
How long will I have to wait to attend a ceremony?
It depends on how many community members are approved to become citizens in any particular year. If there are more applicants, the number of ceremonies will increase.
What if I cannot attend on the date given to me by the City of Bayswater?
Depending on how many applicants are on the waiting list, the waiting time can be up to a maximum of 12 months.
I need to attend a ceremony urgently. What should I do?
Please contact the City on (08) 9272 0674 if you cannot attend on your allocated date. An officer will advise you further.
Do I need to bring any paperwork to the ceremony?
You will need to contact the Department of Home Affairs to discuss your options.
How long before the ceremony should I arrive at the venue?
Yes. Please bring photographic identification and your ceremony invitation with you on the day.
How long does a ceremony take?
Please arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes before the scheduled ceremony time.
Does my child have to take the pledge if they were also granted residency?
Ceremonies take approximately one hour.
Are ceremonies held inside or outside?
Children under the age of 16 are not required to take the pledge at the ceremony, however, they will receive a certificate on the day.
What should I wear to the ceremony?
All ceremonies are held inside the City's Civic Centre at 61 Broun Avenue, Morley.
How many people will be there?
The dress code is formal or smart casual.
Does the City have wheelchair access?
The room seats 180 people. 50 people take the pledge, and are allowed to bring two guests each.
Can I bring my partner / children / parents / siblings / friends to the ceremony to watch me take my pledge? If so, how many?
Yes. There is a wheelchair accessible lift to the ground floor, where the ceremony is held. There are also amenities on this level.
Will I / my family / my friends be allowed to take photographs at the ceremony?
Yes, you may bring a maximum of two guests with you on the day.
Will there be officials at the ceremony?
Yes, you are permitted to take photographs at the ceremony.
Will I receive a certificate at the ceremony?
The Mayor or Deputy Mayor of the City of Bayswater will be in attendance. Additionally, Elected Members and local politicians often attend our citizenship ceremonies.
What if the information on my certificate is incorrect?
After you have made the pledge, you will receive your citizenship certificate.
Will there be refreshments at the ceremony?
Please see a member of staff before you leave.
The City provides morning or afternoon tea at each ceremony.