Council will not be holding citizenship ceremonies until further notice.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, face-to-face citizenship ceremonies have been placed on hold.
The Department of Home Affairs is undertaking virtual ceremonies through video link as an alternative to face-to-face ceremonies. These virtual ceremonies will continue to be offered as a temporary replacement to face-to-face ceremonies until the social distancing restrictions ease.
These ceremonies will be with the presiding officer and generally a single conferee, or a household group if they reside at the same location. Ceremonies performed via video link include integrity measures, such as confirming identity.
The Department is contacting conferees with full details of the process. There is no need to contact the Department or Council about your ceremony.
Face-to-face citizenship ceremonies will re-commence when it is safe to do so and Council’s website will be updated with the ceremony dates at this time.
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 Home Affairs (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.