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 application fee of $285 with 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 list has been received.  If you have not received an email invitation then we do not have your information.  The Department ask that you contact them with any queries. 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.

Any queries you have regarding scheduling, including early or urgent ceremony allocation must be directed to the Department of Home Affairs.  You can contact the Department by email ceremony.wa@homeaffairs.gov.au or phone 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 weeks. 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 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. The cost is approximately $190 per person.

Tips

  • Apply early, the whole process can take up to 19 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 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 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 approval data to Council. 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 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 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 Canberra. We may close 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 note all queries regarding rescheduling should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs by email ceremony.wa@homeaffairs.gov.au or by calling 131 880.

Upcoming ceremony dates

Date Time Status
Sunday 26 January 2020 (Australia Day) 10.45am Closed
February 2020 - dates to be announced 6.15pm Open
March 2020 - dates to be announced 6.15pm 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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9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

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

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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.