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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.