Congratulations on deciding to become an Australian Citizen.
Dates for 2018
Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown
Friday 26 January (Australia Day) at 10am
Wednesday 18 April 2018 at 7pm
Civic Centre, 115 Civic Parade, Altona
Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 7pm
Laverton Community Hub, 95-105 Railway Avenue, Laverton
Wednesday 29 August 2018 at 7pm
Wednesday 28 November 2018 at 7pm
Candidates are asked to arrive 45 minutes prior to the ceremony for registration.
The ceremony lasts approximately one hour with light refreshments served afterwards.
Candidates are welcome to invite guests to the ceremony.
Under the Citizenship Act 1948, Council conducts citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.
Successful applicants are required to attend a citizenship ceremony as the final step of being granted Australian citizenship. At the ceremony, applicants must pledge their allegiance to Australia and its laws. They are then presented with a Certificate of Australian Citizenship. Citizenship ceremonies are conducted by the Mayor of Hobsons Bay.
All applications for Australian citizenship are processed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Successful applicants are sent a written invitation by DIBP, advising them of the time, date and location of the ceremony. Invitations are sent approximately four to six months from the date their application is approved.
Hobsons Bay City Council hosts Australia citizenship ceremonies, however Council is unable to provide further information regarding the timing of each applicant's ceremony. Applicants who are unable to attend the ceremony on the nominated date should contact DIBP on 131 880.
Applications for citizenship should be made to DIBP by phoning 131 880 or visiting DIBP's website.
Applicants are advised in writing by DIBP if their application has been successful.
Voting by new citizens
All new citizens over the age of 18 must enrol to vote. This can be completed at the citizenship ceremony and entitles new citizens to vote at Commonwealth, state and council elections.
Voting at elections is compulsory and there are fines for failure to do so without a valid reason.