Citizenship ceremonies

We hold regular citizenship ceremonies throughout the year, with the first ceremony for the year held each Australia Day (26 January).

How do I become an Australian citizen?

If you are seeking to become an Australian citizen, the first step is to contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIABP) on 131 880.

How do I enrol in a citizenship ceremony in Yarra?

Once an application for citizenship is approved, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will send you and your family members invitations to the next available citizenship ceremony in Yarra.

How long do I have to wait to be in a ceremony?

This can take up to 6 months, depending on the attendance waiting list.

The waiting list to attend a ceremony is managed solely by Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

If you would like any additional information about waiting times you will need to contact them directly.

When are the citizenship ceremonies for this year?

Check our events calendar for dates, times and location of the 2017 citizenship ceremonies.

The times listed are the arrival time to identify and seat the candidates before the official proceedings, which will start roughly 30 minutes after.

Location

Collingwood Town Hall  - 140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford VIC 3067

Thursday 26 January 2017 – 10:30am (Australia Day) - View photos 

Thursday 16 March 2017 – 6:30pm - Collingwood Town Hall  - View photos 

Thursday 18 May 2017 – 6:30pm - Collingwood Town Hall  - View photos 

Thursday 20 July 2017 – 6:30pm - Collingwood Town Hall  - 140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford

Thursday 5 October 2017 – 6:30pm - Collingwood Town Hall  - 140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford

Thursday 16 November 2017 – 6:30pm - Richmond Town Hall - 333 Bridge Road, Richmond

I have been invited to attend a citizenship ceremony. What do I do need to do?

Once you have received your letter from both the Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection and Yarra Council, you are now ready to attend the ceremony.

Here are a few key pieces of information;

  • You are also welcome to bring up to 3 guests with you.
  • You need to arrive 30 minutes before the official proceedings begin so we can register you and show you to your seat.
  • You will need to bring proof of identification. A passport or Australian drivers licence are both accepted.
  • The dress code for the event is smart casual (with traditional dress encouraged)
  • We will have a professional photographer at the ceremony, however if you do not wish to be photographed, please let a staff member know on arrival.

2016 ceremony photos

You can view 2016 Citizenship photos here.

For more information call Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au.