Citizenship Ceremonies

Congratulations on deciding to become an Australian Citizen.

COVID-19 Update on Citizenship Ceremonies

In-person citizenship ceremonies are currently on hold. Instead, Council is holding a series of virtual ceremonies during the ongoing lockdown. Dates for online citizenship ceremonies currently scheduled are listed below. Candidates will continue to be allocated to a citizenship ceremony by the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).

If you have any enquiries regarding your application for citizenship, including questions about seeking an expedited citizenship ceremonies, please contact DOHA directly on 131 880.

Dates for 2021

Tuesday 26 January 2021 (Australia Day) at 10am

Williamstown Town Hall - 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

Tuesday 27 April 2021 at 7pm

Williamstown Town Hall - 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

Tuesday 24 August 2021 at 7pm - CANCELLED

This citizenship ceremony has been cancelled due to the extension of COVID-19 lockdown.

Tuesday 28 September 2021 at 7pm

Online citizenship ceremony

Thursday 14 October 2021 at 7pm

Online citizenship ceremony 

Thursday 21 October 2021 at 7pm

Online citizenship ceremony 

Tuesday 26 October 2021 at 7pm

Online citizenship ceremony

Thursday 28 October 2021 at 7pm

Online citizenship ceremony 

Thursday 4 November 2021 at 7pm

Online citizenship ceremony 

Thursday 30 November 2021 at 7pm

Williamstown Town Hall - 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

Applications

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 DoHA. Successful applicants are sent a written invitation by DoHA, 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 DoHA on 131 880. 

Applications for citizenship should be made to DoHA by phoning 131 880 or visiting DoHA's website.

Applicants are advised in writing by DoHA 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.