Wyndham City Council is pleased to announce that from the end of July until 22 September 2020, we will be hosting online Australian Citizenship Ceremonies, where participants will be able to pledge their commitment to Australia – the final step in the process of becoming an Australian citizen.

Wyndham City’s events team will be contacting all eligible participants in coming days and weeks – based off a list provided to us by the Department of Homes Affairs. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all in-person ceremonies have been cancelled until further notice. If you have any further questions about your citizenship status, please contact the Department of Home Affairs via their website https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us or call 131 881.

Online citizenship ceremonies FAQs

Who is eligible for an online citizenship ceremony and how are eligible participants identified?

The Department of Home Affairs will provide Council with a list of eligible participants, consisting of people whose Australian citizenship applications have been approved.

Please contact the Department of Home Affairs for any questions you have about this list, or your citizenship status, on 131 881.

How will I be notified if I am eligible for an online ceremony?

Council will contact all eligible participants inviting you to express your interest in participating in an online ceremony – you do not need to contact us.

What will be the format of the ceremonies?

Each ceremony will be held on an individual basis, between a presiding officer and conferee, except for family members, who can be conferred in a single ceremony. More details will be provided to eligible participants when Council contacts you.

Who will be the presiding officer for the ceremonies?

In most cases, the presiding officer will be Wyndham City Mayor Cr Josh Gilligan.

What technology will I require to participate in an online citizenship ceremony?

The ceremonies will take place over an easy-to-use and secure platform Council uses for all online meetings.

All participants will require:

  • An internet connection
  • A computer, phone or other device with a working microphone and camera.

Do I have to participate in an online citizenship ceremony, or can I choose to wait until face-to-face ceremonies resume?

No, you do not have to participate in an online citizenship ceremony and can choose to wait for face-to-face ceremonies to resume, if you would prefer.

Please see below the dates for virtual ceremonies:

Day

Date

Friday

24th July

Saturday

25th July

Friday

31st July

Saturday

1st Aug

Weds

5th Aug

Thurs

6th Aug

Saturday

8th Aug

Weds

12th Aug

SUPER-WEEK

 

Mon

17th Aug

Tues

18th Aug

Weds

19th Aug

Thurs

20th Aug

Friday

21st Aug

Tues

25th Aug

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Becoming an Australian Citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people.

All applications for Australian citizenship are processed by the Department of Home Affairs.  Further information on how to apply for Australian citizenship is available at www.homeaffairs.gov.au or the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

For most people, the final step in becoming an Australian citizen is making the pledge of commitment at an Australian citizenship ceremony. Applicants for Australian citizenship will generally be invited to attend a ceremony within 3 – 6 months from the date their application is approved.  You will receive a written invitation to your ceremony.

The Department of Home Affairs process all applications and sends all the letters to the approved applicants and are responsible for ceremony allocations. Council has no influence over who receives their citizenship and when. It is a Federal Government process that Council has no involvement in.

 

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