Citizenship Ceremony

The City of Cockburn holds citizenship ceremonies throughout the year for Cockburn residents to receive Australian Citizenship on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs. 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 wil need to complete the appropriate application form or lodge an application online (one for each person applying) or call the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881, they will post the necessary forms to you. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for access to pdf forms or to apply online.

Lodge your completed application with the Department of Home Affairs, pay the required fee, approximately $285 per person and satisfy any other application requirements. 

Children 15 years and under don't need to apply, they are included on their parent's application. Anyone 16 years and over will need to complete a separate application. As part of the process you may need to have an interview and sit the citizenship test. More information can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.  

The process

Once approved you will receive a letter from the Department of Home Affairs, they will forward your information to us about two weeks later. We will email you an official invitation to attend a citizenship ceremony approximately four weeks before the ceremony date.  Ceremonies are usually held on a Monday evening. We ask you to arrive at 5.45pm for registration with a 6.15pm start.

If you cannot attend the ceremony, please contact the City on 08 9411 3444 and we will move you to the next available date. Please note, in some cases, you may need to wait two to three months for the next available ceremony.

From receiving your letter of approval from the Department of Home Affairs to being invited to attend a ceremony to make the pledge, can take three to six months. 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.

Passports

You can apply for an Australian passport when you have attended a citizenship ceremony, made the australian citizesnship 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.

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. The cost is approximately $190 per person.

Tips

  • Apply early, the whole process can take up to 18 months. 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, apply well in advance to avoid disappointment. 

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 on 131 881 who will send you the appropriate forms.

Q: How often do you hold the citizenship ceremonies?

A: The City of Cockburn 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 sends approval data to Council once every two weeks. We cannot confirm your ceremony date without having first received your approval details from the Department. Once received, we will then allocate you to the next available ceremony and 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 no longer allows Councils to hold private ceremonies. We can only allocate you to our next available ceremony date (allowing four weeks for your certificate to be ordered from the Department of Home Affairs in Canberra).

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 ceremony.wa@homeaffairs.gov.au 

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

A: No. We can only accommodate Cockburn residents.

Important information

  • Ceremonies are closed off at least 4 weeks before the ceremony date to allow time for invitations to be emailed and certificates ordered from the Department of Home Affairs in Canberra. We may close off a ceremony earlier if numbers have reached maximum capacity.

  • We do our best to accommodate fly-in/fly-out workers and people who are travelling. Please phone the City's Citizenship Coordinator on 08 9411 3444 (Monday to Wednesday between 8.30pm and 4.30pm) to discuss your situation.

Upcoming ceremony dates

Date Time Status
Saturday 26 January 2019 (Australia Day) 10.30am Closed
Monday 25 February 2019 6pm Closed
Monday 11 March 2019 6pm Closed
Tuesday 12 March 2019 6pm Closed
Monday 15 April 2019 6pm Closed
Monday 20 May 2019 6pm Closed
Monday 10 June 2019 6pm Closed
Monday 22 July 2019 6pm Open
Monday 19 August 2019 6pm Open
Tuesday17 September 2019 6pm Open
Monday 14 October 2019 6pm Open
Monday 18 November 2019 6pm Open


More information and contact

Please contact the City about the citizenship ceremony on 08 9411 3444 or at rsvpcitz@cockburn.wa.gov.au

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Contact

Address

9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

Po Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

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