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Citizenship

All citizenship ceremonies have been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. Please read the important information below.

The City of Melville conducts citizenship ceremonies, officiated by His Worship the Mayor.

How to Become an Australian Citizen

Applications must be made through the Department of Home Affairs, which can be done online.

To contact the Department by phone please call 131 881.

Upcoming Citizenship Dates

Please refer all your enquiries about Citizenship ceremonies to citizenship@melville.wa.gov.au.

Outline of the Application Process

After applying for Australian Citizenship approved candidates will receive notification from the Department of Home Affairs.

Invitations for ceremonies will be sent to approved candidates approximately six weeks prior to the ceremony providing all details for the event.

All new citizens are officiated by His Worship the Mayor. Approved candidates will make either an Oath Pledge or an Affirmation Pledge for Citizenship depending on the choice made when completing the application for Citizenship and the receive their Certificate of Citizenship. This Certificate will become your legal proof of Australian citizenship.

You will also be able to complete an electoral enrolment form which registers you on the electoral roll and allows you to vote.

The Ceremony

Invitations for citizenship ceremonies, providing all details for the event, will be emailed out about one month prior to the ceremony date.

Ceremonies are held at the Civic Centre regularly, usually every two months, however this may change due to special circumstances.

When you arrive, you must bring either a current driver's license or passport for identification.

All new citizens are officiated by His Worship the Mayor and each person is required to make either an Oath Pledge or an Affirmation Pledge for Citizenship, depending on the choice made when completing the application.

You will then receive your Certificate of Citizenship (provided by the Department of Home Affairs), your legal proof of Australian citizenship which allows you to apply to vote and for an Australian passport.

To enrol contact the Australian Electoral Commission.

For passport enquiries contact the Australian Passport Office.

For Australian citizenship visit the Australian Government’s website.

Australia Day Citizenship and Awards Ceremony

Every Australia Day (January 26) the City of Melville hosts a special citizenship and awards ceremony and barbeque breakfast in partnership with the Lions Club of Bull Creek.

This event is free for the community and held at John Creaney Park in Bull Creek on the morning of Australia Day.

For more details about how to nominate visit Australia Day Awards.

Citizenship Ceremonies and COVID-19 Virus 

Citizenship Ceremonies at the City of Melville will be suspended until further notice. This is in alignment with the Department of Health guidelines & directives from Federal Government regarding the COVID-19 virus.

If we could ask you not to contact City staff in regards to Ceremony dates or citizenship enquiries and visit the City’s Citizenship web page for any updates to the ceremony dates that would be greatly appreciated.

Department of Home Affairs Information

The Department of Home Affairs is working closely with all local governments who have had to cancel ceremonies to ensure impacted residents are able to be rescheduled as soon as it is safe and practicable to do so. Priority listing remains standard based on approval date.

The Department of Home Affairs have advised that currently there is NO alternative to attending a citizenship ceremony in person and making the pledge to gain Australian citizenship.

If your ceremony has been cancelled and you are likely to exceed the 12 month time frame from your approval date, to which you need to do your ceremony within, you are NOT at risk of having your Citizenship approval cancelled.

Urgent ceremony criteria

Those that require an urgent Citizenship Ceremony will be assessed by the department according to the criteria below and can only be approved by Home Affairs -

Travel (with evidence)

  • Visit a close family member who is terminally ill
  • Attend a funeral of a close family member
  • Receive urgent medical treatment in another country that the client cannot receive in Australia
  • Attend legal proceedings in person
  • Accompany a sick/elderly relative for one of the reasons above

Representing Australia – Academics/Sporting

  • With evidence from the relevant governing body (e.g. Australian Olympic Committee)

Work (with evidence of offer/employment)

  • Defence force personnel
  • Clients who will work for the Australian Government (overseas or in Australia) who need to be an Australian Citizen to be employed
  • Clients who need to be an Australian Citizen to be employed for a job they have been offered who have been waiting more than six months for a ceremony

HECS-HELP study loans or fee help

  • The client has been waiting more than six months for a ceremony from the date of approval

*Your request must be accompanied by supporting evidence to be assessed.

For more information regarding citizenship ceremonies please refer to the Department’s website.

Need to update address, contact or passport details?

Please update your details on your ImmiAccount or https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login. By updating your details through your ImmiAccount, the changes will be immediate.

Or download Form 929 Change of address and/or passport details at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/929.pdf and email the completed form to 929@homeaffairs.gov.au

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