Citizenship

Becoming an Australian citizen is an important decision that impacts you and the future of your children. City of Parramatta hosts a number of citizenship ceremonies throughout the year for residents who have applied to become Australian citizens through the Department of Home Affairs. If you have applied for Citizenship, the Department of Home Affairs will notify you of the date and time of your ceremony. If you have any enquiries about the date of your ceremony call the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

citizenship ceremonies schedule

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Citizenship Ceremonies in Parramatta

The City of Parramatta aims to hold a citizenship ceremony every second month for approximately three hundred people. The ceremonies are held at Riverside Theatres and hosted by the Lord Mayor of Parramatta.

Council aims to host individuals who are City of Parramatta residents at all our ceremonies.

The Department of Home Affairs advises that clients are required to wait up to 12 months to be invited to attend an Australian Citizenship Ceremony and be presented with your Australian Citizenship certificate, however if you are a resident of the City of Parramatta the wait time is generally 3 – 9 months.

During the time you will wait to be invited to attend an Australian Citizenship ceremony, the Department of Home Affairs advises that citizenship assessment continues. If there are changes to the person’s individual circumstances during this period which affect their application the wait time can be impacted.

Once a candidate receives a letter from the Department of Home Affairs advising Australian Citizenship has been approved you must:

  • Wait for an invitation letter from the Department of Home Affairs to invite you to attend an Australian Citizenship ceremony. The current waiting time for Parramatta residents is 3 to 9 months from that date listed on your letter of approval. This invitation is sent by the Department of Home Affairs via post approximately 6 to 8 weeks prior to the ceremony taking place. This invitation letter will include the date, time and location of the ceremony.
  • If you are invited to attend a ceremony and do not attend, you will need to wait until you are invited to a new ceremony. Failure to attend further ceremonies may result in forfeiting your Australian Citizenship.

All citizenship information is handled by the Department of Home Affairs, not the City of Parramatta Council, including allocation of ceremony dates and times. The Department of Home Affairs will not under any circumstances move people forward on the list or give preference to attend a ceremony.

The Department of Home Affairs Customer Service often advises clients to contact their local Council for information in regards to ceremonies - this information is not correct. All information regarding your Australian Citizenship is managed by the Department of Home Affairs, not the City of Parramatta Council.

For any further information regarding your Australian Citizenship, please phone the Australian Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

What to expect at a City of Parramatta Australian Citizenship Ceremony

Once an individual has been invited to an Australian citizenship ceremony, the final step to becoming an Australian citizen is to attend the ceremony and make your Australian Citizenship Pledge to Australia and its people. Making the Pledge is the final legal requirement to becoming an Australian citizen. Following your Pledge, you will be presented with your Australian Citizenship certificate

Australian citizenship ceremonies in Parramatta are a special and formal occasion. They fulfil requirements under Australian citizenship law. They also provide an important opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community. They are often an emotional experience for the new citizen, as well as their host, family and friends and other ceremony guests.

There are specific protocols which must be adhered to at all Australian Citizenship Ceremonies including the exhibition of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, portrait of The Queen and the Australian National flag, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and the playing of the Australian National Anthem (Advance Australia Fair).

At the conclusion of the City of Parramatta ceremonies light refreshments are served and an opportunity is provided for photographs with new citizens and dignitaries.

Once the ceremony has concluded Australian Electoral roll applications completed by new citizens can be submitted. This allows new Australian citizens to vote in Australian elections. 

Alignment to Corporate Plan

The City of Parramatta Citizenship Ceremonies program is strategically aligned with the Community Strategic Plan objective ‘Welcoming':

'We are inclusive and celebrate culture, creativity and our community. We recognise and celebrate our diversity and support a city where our people live harmoniously together.’

Enquiries

Please phone the Australian Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

If you have been approved for Australian Citizenship, ask for the Citizenship Ceremonies section.