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 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. The cost is approximately $190 per person.


  • 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 can find information and application forms on the Department of Home Affairs website opens in a new window, or alternatively call 131 881.

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 until we have received your approval details from the Department, which could take a few weeks or months depending on the number of waiting applicants. 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. Let us know when you receive your invitation if you are unable to attend.

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

A: The Department does not allow Councils to hold private or urgent ceremonies. We can only allocate you to our next available public ceremony once the Department has sent us your details.

The Department of Home Affairs may be able to facilitate an urgent ceremony where an approved applicant can show that they meet exceptional circumstances as a result of not being an Australian Citizen. You will need to send a request for an urgent ceremony along with supporting documentation 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.

Important information

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

Upcoming ceremony dates

In response to COVID-19 restrictions, all scheduled in-person Citizenship Ceremonies have been placed on hold until further notice.
The Department of Home Affairs has advised that if your ceremony is cancelled and you are likely to exceed 12 months from approval before attending a rescheduled ceremony, you are not at risk of having your approval cancelled.  For more information see the Department of Home Affairs website opens in a new window.

Date Time Status

Sunday 26 January 2020 (Australia Day)



Monday 3 February 2020



Tuesday 11 February 2020



Monday 16 March 2020



Monday 23 March 2020



Monday 20 April 2020



Monday 18 May 2020



Monday 29 June 2020


To Be Advised

Monday 20 July 2020


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Monday 31 August 2020


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Monday 21 September 2020


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Monday 19 October 2020


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Monday 16 November 2020


To Be Advised

More information and contact

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

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