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. The Department of Home Affairs process all applications and sends all the letters to the approved applicants and are responsible for ceremony allocations.  You will receive a written invitation to your allocated ceremony from Department of Home Affairs.

While Wyndham City hosts Australian Citizenship ceremonies, the council is unable to provide further information regarding the timing of your ceremony.  All ceremony enquiries should be directed to the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

Citizenship Ceremonies for October

The health and safety of our community is our priority and we thank you for your understanding and continued support. Due to the evolving impact of COVID-19 and in-line with roadmap for Victoria, in person ceremonies will not be taking place until November hence additional online citizenship ceremonies have been added to Wyndham’s citizenship calendar for 2021 at reduced capacity.

Any queries regarding citizenship ceremonies should be directed to the citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

Citizenship Ceremony Dates

Citizenship Dates for 2021

Venue

Friday 15 Oct 2021 (Additional Ceremonies added)

Online platform

Saturday 16 Oct 2021 (Additional Ceremonies added)

Online platform

Friday 29 Oct 2021 (Additional Ceremonies added)

Online platform

Saturday 30 Oct 2021 (Additional Ceremonies added)

Online platform

Saturday 13 November 2021 (Additional Ceremonies added)

Encore Event Centre

Saturday 27 November 2021

Encore Event Centre

If you have any queries regarding the ceremonies please contact Wyndham City Council on 1300 023 411 and not the venue.

Condition of Entry

Australian Citizenship ceremony at Encore event centre is hosted by Wyndham City Council.  All Citizenship conferees must comply with the Conditions of Entry below so that everyone can enjoy the event in safety and comfort. 

COVID-19 

All conferees must comply with all current Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions. Attendees are requested to check in using the QR code for contact tracing purposes. 

Smoking 

Smoking is permitted outside the venue in designated area. 

Food 

No food will be available for purchase at the ceremony. 

Photography/Filming 

Live streaming or broadcasting of ceremony is not permitted.  Commercial photography is not permitted without prior permission from Council.

Children 

Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. 

Pets and animals 

With the exception of assistance dogs, pets and animals are not permitted at ceremonies. 

Anti-social behaviour 

Anti-social behaviour is prohibited.  Citizenship ceremony is meant to be family friendly, safe and comfortable for all attendees. Council requires that attendees behave in a safe, responsible and courteous manner at all times. 

Property 

Attendees are responsible for all personal property taken to ceremony and must not leave their property unattended.  Council reserves the right to remove any property left unattended at the ceremony.  

Consent in relation to images and photographs 

By entering the Australia day Citizenship ceremony, attendees consent to the capturing and publishing of their image in authorised promotional photos and videos in whatever format and forum Council chooses. 

Directions 

Attendees must follow any reasonable direction given by a Council officer, authorised event security personnel or Police. 

Right to refuse entry 

Council reserves the right to refuse entry to ceremony if a valid photo id is not presented. 

Cancellation and/or modification of event 

Council reserves the right to cancel and/or modify the citizenship ceremony. 

Failure to Comply with Conditions of Entry 

Failure to comply may result in an attendee being removed from ceremony and cancellation of Citizenship certificate. 

Changes to these conditions 

Council reserves the right to change these Conditions of Entry at any time. 

Disclaimer

Attendance at Australian Citizenship Ceremonies is entirely at the risk of attendees. To the extent permitted by law, Council accepts no liability for any claim for loss, harm, damage, costs or expenses which may arise as a consequence of any such attendance at Australian Citizenship Ceremonies.

COVID-19 Safety

Any restrictions or regulations will be in place in accordance with the current Victoria State Government guidelines available at the DHHS website.

These include but are not limited to:

  • If you have any cold-like symptoms, including a runny nose, sore throat, chills, fever, lack of taste or smell, do not come to Citizenship ceremony. Please get tested at a COVID-19 testing site
  • To assist with contact tracing all visitors will be required to check in at the door by scanning the QR code on entry.
  • Visitors are required to carry a mask at all times. As the event is held indoors, visitors will be required to wear a mask throughout the ceremony.
  • You will be asked to remove your face mask for the purposes of identification. 
  • Frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitiser is encouraged. Facilities are available onsite.
  • Voluntary download of the COVIDSafe app is recommended.

We have determined the capacity of the venue based on current Victoria State Government guidelines and due to this no friends and additional family members will be allowed to come in. Only conferees with who have been invited to the ceremony will be allowed in.

Anyone refusing to obey the restrictions outlined above or the direction of staff or management will be asked to leave.

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