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Citizenship Ceremonies

Applying for Australian Citizenship is an exciting time and Wangaratta is proud to play an important role in officiating and welcoming new citizens to the Australian community.

Applying to become an Australian citizen

To apply for Australian Citizenship, you need to contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880 or visit their website 

Citizenship Ceremonies

The citizenship ceremony is the final step to being granted Australian citizenship. 

Once your application has been approved by the Department of Home Affairs you will receive a letter inviting you to a ceremony with the date, location, time and requirements.

What happens at the ceremony?

You should arrive about 30 minutes before the ceremony, so you can register and find your seat. The ceremony itself takes around 30 minutes.

After you are seated, there will be a formal introduction and speech by the Mayor.  Following the Mayor’s speech, you will be asked you to stand before the gallery and repeat the Australian citizenship pledge out loud. You will become an Australian citizen after you make the pledge (You will say the version of pledge that you chose on your application).

You will then receive a small gift along with your citizenship certificate.

Your family and friends are welcome to take photographs of you during and after the ceremony.

Upcoming Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies will be held at the Wangaratta Government Centre, 62-68 Ovens Street, Wangaratta on the following dates (subject to change at Council's discretion):

Saturday 26 January 2019 (Australia Day)

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Monday 20 May 2019

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Monday 25 November 2019

Monday 23rd March 2020 

Monday 22nd June 2020 

Monday 28th September 2020

Monday 23rd November 2020

Registration for each ceremony is from 5.30pm. If you have any questions about the ceremony, please contact Council's Executive Services Coordinator on 03 5722 0888.

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