Citizenship ceremonies

Following the Victorian Government's health advice, we've been having our citizenship ceremonies online. 

The next ceremony is on Australia Day, Tuesday 26 January 2021 at 10am.

We'll hold more ceremonies through the year in line with health advice.

If you've been an Australian resident for the last four years, you may be able to apply for citizenship.

Find out more at Department of Home Affairs

More information

When and where are the citizenship ceremonies?

The City of Stonnington has regular citizenship ceremonies in Malvern Town Hall.

You can register from 6.15pm to 7pm.

The ceremony starts at 7.30pm.

You should be seated five minutes before the ceremony starts.

Ceremonies usually finish by 9pm.

You're welcome to stay afterwards for drinks and snacks.

When is my ceremony?

The Department of Home Affairs decides the date of your Citizenship Ceremony.

We only get a list of new citizens before each ceremony.

For details about your ceremony, email ceremony.vic@homeaffairs.gov.au or call 131 880.

How long will I wait for my ceremony?

You will first get a letter from the Department of Home affairs.

Your citizenship ceremony will be three to six months later.

When do I find out the date of my ceremony?

We'll send your invitation up to four weeks before your ceremony.

Should I bring anything?

Yes.

If you're 16 years or older, you must bring photo ID, like:

  • a driver's licence, or
  • passport.

Bring your invitation too.

Do children need to come along?

If you're 16 years and older, you must be at your citizenship ceremony and take the citizenship pledge.

Children under 16 years don't need to take the citizenship pledge.

We do keep a seat for them, and welcome them to take the pledge if they can.

What is the difference between pledge one and pledge two?

There are two types of the citizenship pledge:

  • The Oath pledge, which mentions God.
  • The Affirmation pledge, which does not mention God.

How many guests can I bring?

You can bring as many guests as you like.

But please let us know if anybody:

  • needs to bring a pram, or
  • has accessibility needs.

What should I wear?

Wear smart casual clothing or your traditional clothing.

Can I have my ceremony sooner?

In rare cases, the Department of Home Affairs can hold an urgent ceremony.

This will be at their building.

To find out more, email ceremony.vic@homeaffairs.gov.au or call 131 880.

Can people outside City of Stonnington have their ceremony here?

Unfortunately, we can't have ceremonies for people outside the City of Stonnington.

This is because many people inside the City are waiting for theirs.

I have lost my citizenship certificate

If you have lost your citizenship certificate, you must fill in a special form.

This is called Form 119 - Application for Evidence of Australian Citizenship.

You can get this form from the Department of Home Affairs, or call 131 880.

The City of Stonnington can't give citizenship certificates or replace lost ones.