City of Parramatta Council is resuming its virtual citizenship ceremony program.
Conferees will be provided the opportunity to attend a virtual ceremony in the order their application was approved by the Department of Home Affairs. This invitation will be sent by email and include further information about the ceremony.
Applicants are asked to please ensure their email address is up to date in their Department of Home Affairs ImmiAccount.
For any further enquiries about your Australian Citizenship application, please contact the Department of Home Affairs’ Australian Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 or visit the Department's Immigration and Citizenship website.
Citizenship Ceremonies(Back to top)
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(Back to top)
City of Parramatta Council is resuming its virtual citizenship ceremony program. Conferees will be provided the opportunity to attend a virtual ceremony in the order their application was approved by the Department of Home Affairs.
The following dates have been scheduled for in-person ceremonies and may be subject to change.
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.
- Tuesday, 26 January
- Thursday, 11 March
- Monday, 3 May
- Wednesday, 2 June
- Tuesday, 15 June
- Tuesday, 26 October
- Monday, 8 November
Our Ceremonies(Back to top)
City of Parramatta’s virtual ceremonies are hosted by the Lord Mayor of Parramatta.
When health orders allow, Council 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.
Alignment to Corporate Plan(Back to top)
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.’
Frequently asked questions (Back to top)
The Department of Home Affairs advises that applicants are required to wait up to 6 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 3–6 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 3 to 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.
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.
Each in-person citizenship ceremony is photographed. New citizens will receive an email with a link and password to view the photos a week after the ceremony. It is sent to the email provided in the Department of Home Affairs ImmiAccount. You might need to check your junk mail if you do not receive it in your regular inbox.
If you do not want your photo taken at the ceremony, please advise a Council Officer on arrival.