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Civic Program and Citizenship

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, The City of Parramatta has recommenced hosting face-to-face citizenship ceremonies. 

Conferees will be contacted by the Department of Home Affairs when they have been allocated to a ceremony. Applicants are asked to please ensure their email address is up to date in their Department of Home Affairs ImmiAccount.

Citizenship Ceremonies are operating under COVID safety measure in accordance with NSW Health guidelines. Prior to your attendance, it is important that you read the current NSW Health Orders and understand your responsibilities and requirements to enter Riverside Theatres.


COVID Safety Measures

Mandatory Vaccination

The NSW Public Health Order (as from 11 October) requires anyone aged 16 years and over to be fully vaccinated, unless lawfully exempt, to be permitted access to Riverside Theatres.  All guests will be required to check-in to the Theatre and present a vaccine certificate, or proof of exemption, before permitted entry. Children under the age of 16 do not require to be vaccinated. 

Face masks are mandatory for all patrons aged 12 and over

Face masks are mandatory at all times in the theatre for all patrons aged 12 and over except those with a valid medical exemption. Proof of written medical exemption will be required at entry to the theatre. Verbal exemptions will not be accepted. Please bring your own mask. Disposable masks will also be available on entry. Conferees may briefly remove their mask for identification purposes at the time of registration for their citizenship ceremony. Removal of masks for consumption of food and beverage is also permitted. Please note, masks are not required for performers on stage throughout the ceremony.

For further information on Riverside Theatre’s Conditions of Entry and Patron Safety Information please visit riversideparramatta.com.au/your-visit/patronsafetyinformation/

Planning your visit

Please do not attend if you feel unwell, are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or have been in contact with a confirmed case or are awaiting COVID-19 test results.

Parking and public transport

Church Street is currently closed to general traffic between Market & Macquarie Street (to allow for Parramatta Light Rail Works). Please note, there may be additional road closures that may affect your access to Riverside Theatres. If driving, please allow extra time to reach the venue. 

For more information about parking and public transport please visit riversideparramatta.com.au/your-visit/ 

Unable to attend

If you are unable to attend this ceremony, please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880 and follow the instructions in your invitation letter to ensure you are invited to the next appropriate ceremony. 

Further Information

NSW Health - www.health.nsw.gov.au
Riverside Theatres - riversideparramatta.com.au/your-visit/patronsafetyinformation/
City of Parramatta Citizenship Ceremonies - cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/living/civic-program-and-citizenship
 

Citizenship Ceremonies

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Becoming an Australian citizen is an important decision.

The 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, you will be notified of your ceremony details once you have been approved by the Department of Home Affairs and allocated to a ceremony.

If you have any questions about the date of your ceremony call the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880. If your Australian Citizenship is approved, ask for the citizenship ceremonies section.

Schedule

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The following dates have been scheduled for in-person ceremonies and may be subject to change. Please continue to check this page for updates.

Additional citizenship ceremonies may also be held by the Department of Home Affairs. For further information please contact the Department of Home Affairs’ Australian Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

2021

  • Thursday, 11 March 
  • Monday, 3 May
  • Wednesday, 2 June
  • Tuesday, 15 June
  • Monday, 8 November

 

Our Ceremonies

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The City of Parramatta aims to hold in-person citizenship ceremonies hosted by the Lord Mayor every second month for approximately 300 people at Riverside Theatres.

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

Citizenship ceremonies are operating under COVID safety measures in accordance with NSW Health guidelines. All attendees and guests are requested to read & adhere to Riverside Theatres Patron COVID Safety Information during citizenship ceremonies, which can be viewed on the Riverside Parramatta website.

Alignment to Corporate Plan

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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.’
 

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Frequently asked questions
  • The Department of Home Affairs advises that approved applicants 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 approximately 6 months.

    During the time an applicant waits 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 an applicant receives a letter from the Department of Home Affairs advising Australian Citizenship has been approved, they must:

    • Wait for an invitation to attend an Australian Citizenship ceremony. The current waiting time for Parramatta residents is approximately 6 months from that date listed on your letter of approval. This invitation 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.
  • Council is responsible for hosting citizenship ceremonies and is not involved in applications, approvals, or certifications. The Department of Home Affairs manages all information regarding Australian Citizenship, including:

    • Applications for Australian Citizenship
    • Approval of Australian Citizenship
    • Allocation to ceremonies 
    • Production of Australian Citizenship certificates

    City of Parramatta is unable to move applicants forward on the list or give preference to attend a specific ceremony. 

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

  • Once an applicant has been invited to an Australian citizenship ceremony, the final step to becoming an Australian citizen is to attend the ceremony and make the Australian Citizenship Pledge to Australia and its people.

    Making the Pledge

    Making the Pledge is the final legal requirement to becoming an Australian citizen. Following the pledge, new citizens will receive their Australian Citizenship certificate. The "Pledge" contains the words that are to be read out loud to complete the citizenship requirements. There are two pledges that conferees can choose from, one mentions God and the other does not. To view the pledges, please visit the Australian Citizenship Pledge page.

    Special and formal occasion

    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.

  • You are welcome to bring family and friends to this special occasion, however guest spaces are limited due to COVID Safety measures in place in accordance with NSW Health Orders. To avoid disappointment, we ask that you invite only essential friends and/or family to attend.

    All guests are required to meet the mandatory vaccination requirements outlined in the Riverside Theatre Patron COVID Safety Information during which can be viewed on the Riverside Parramatta website

  • Once the ceremony has concluded, Australian Electoral roll applications completed by new citizens can be submitted. It is compulsory by law for all eligible Australian citizens to enrol and vote in federal elections, by-elections and referendums. For more information regarding voting or the Australian electoral roll, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission website.