Citizenship Ceremony

The City of Cockburn holds citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs throughout the year for Cockburn residents to receive Australian Citizenship. A citizenship ceremony is where you make the Australian citizenship pledge, the final step in becoming an Australian.

How do I apply for citizenship?

You need to meet criteria to be eligible to apply.  You must apply for citizenship online or you can request paper copies of relevant forms form the Department of Home Affairs.  Lodge your completed application together with an application fee to the Department.  You will be asked to attend an appointment to have an interview and sit a citizenship test.  For all information on becoming a citizen please visit the Department of Home Affairs website opens in a new window or contact 131 880.

The process

Once approved you will receive a letter from the Department of Home Affairs. The Department of Home Affairs send us a list 5-6 weeks before each ceremony.  You will receive your invitation by email as soon as the your details have been received by us on an invitation list.  If you have not received an email invitation then we do not yet have your information.  Ceremonies are usually held once a month on a Monday evening. Please arrive at 5.30pm for registration with a 6.15pm start and bring photo ID.

All ceremony allocations are done by the Department of Home Affairs. Any queries you have regarding scheduling, including early or urgent ceremony allocation must be directed to the Department by emailing or by contacting their call centre 131 880. 

From receiving your letter of approval from the Department of Home Affairs to being invited to attend a ceremony may take several months due to the high number of approvals. If you wish to be make the pledge with family or friends who are also applying for citizenship, you must let the Department know at the time of your interview, they will link your applications together.


You can apply for an Australian passport when you have attended a citizenship ceremony, made the Australian Citizenship Pledge and received your citizenship certificate. It can take at least 3 weeks to get a new Australian Passport. Contact your local post office for an application form and to arrange a time to submit your passport application or complete the passport application online opens in a new window.

Lost citizenship certificates

If you have lost your certificate and need evidence of your Australian citizenship, you must call the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881. They will send you an application for Evidence of Citizenship. There is a fee payable to the Department for a replacement certificate.


Apply early, as the whole process can take a long time.  If you are going to travel and wish to go on an Australian Passport, are going to university and want to apply for the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) or are applying for a job requiring Australian Citizenship, you need to apply well in advance.

Frequently asked questions

Q: I want to apply for Australian Citizenship, can you send me the forms?

A: You need to contact the Department of Home Affairs opens in a new window on 131 881 who will send you the appropriate forms.

Q: How often do you hold the citizenship ceremonies?

A: The City of Cockburn usually holds citizenship ceremonies once a month, except for December.

Q: I have received my approval letter. Can I book into the next ceremony?

A: Not necessarily. The Department of Home Affairs opens in a new window sends a list of names to the City of Cockburn with the contact details for applicants who have been allocated to our next ceremony. We cannot confirm your ceremony date without having first received your approval details from the Department. Once received, an invitation will be emailed to you approximately four weeks before the ceremony. 

Q: I am unable to attend the ceremony I have been invited to. Can I re-schedule?

A: Yes. We can move you to the next available ceremony. You may have to wait up to three months for your ceremony if the next one is full.

Q: Can I have an urgent ceremony (for passports / HECS / job applications)?

A: No. The Department does not allow Councils to hold private or urgent ceremonies. We can only allocate you to our next available ceremony once the Department has sent us your details.

The Department of Home Affairs have their own urgent Ceremonies Officer (Phone: 131 881) who takes requests for private/urgent ceremonies. The Officer will determine whether your situation qualifies for an urgent ceremony. You will be required to fill out a form which can be emailed back to

Q: I live in another Council. Can I have my ceremony at Cockburn?

A: No. We can only accommodate Cockburn residents. Applicants for Australian citizenship are required to attend a citizenship ceremony in their local council area, or at a location advised by the Department of Home Affairs.

Upcoming ceremony dates

Date Time Status
Monday 21 September 2020 6.00pm Attendance list finalised
Monday 19 October 2020 6.00pm Invitations will be emailed in mid-September
Monday 16 November 2020 6.00pm Invitations will be emailed in late October

More information and contact

Ceremonies are closed at least 4 weeks before the ceremony date to allow time for invitations to be emailed and to order certificates from the Department of Home Affairs in Sydney.

All queries regarding scheduling of your Citizenship Ceremony should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs by email or by calling 131 880.

Please contact the City about citizenship ceremonies on 08 9411 3444 or email

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PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
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