Citizenship ceremonies

In response to restrictions and health advice in place from the Victorian Government, we're currently holding citizenship ceremonies online.

If you have been a resident of Australia for the last four years, you may be able to apply for citizenship. For information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website. 

Citizenship Ceremony questions answered

When and where are citizenship ceremonies held?

The City of Stonnington holds regular citizenship ceremonies in the Malvern Town Hall. Registration is open from 6.15pm to 7pm, and the ceremony starts at 7.30pm. Guests are asked to be seated 5 minutes before start time. Ceremonies usually finish between 8.30pm and 9pm, after which refreshments are served.

How can I find out when my citizenship ceremony will be?

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for the allocation of recipients to Citizenship Ceremonies. The city of Stonnington only receives listings of allocated recipients before each ceremony.

For information regarding your allocation to a ceremony email Home Affairs or call 131 880.

What is the waiting time for a ceremony?

The waiting period for a citizenship ceremony is approximately three to six months after you have received your approval letter from the Department of Home Affairs.

When will I receive notification confirming my ceremony?

We will send you an invitation approximately two to four weeks before your ceremony date.

Do I need to bring anything to the ceremony?

Yes. Recipients aged 16 years or older must bring photographic identification such as a driver's licence or passport. We suggest that you also bring your invitation to help with the registration process.

Do children need to attend citizenship ceremonies?

Children aged 16 years and over are legally required to attend their citizenship ceremony and take the citizenship pledge to become an Australian citizen. Children under the age of 16 are not legally required to take the citizenship pledge. However, we allocate a seat for them, and they are encouraged to take the citizenship pledge where possible.

What is the difference between pledge one and pledge two?

There are two variations of the citizenship pledge:

  • The Oath pledge which refers to God
  • The Affirmation pledge which does not.

How many guests can I bring to the ceremony?

There is no restriction on the number of guests you can invite to the ceremony.  However, we do ask that you advise us if you or any of your guests will be bringing a pram, or has accessibility requirements.

What is the dress code for the ceremony?

Smart casual or traditional costume is recommended.

Is it possible to arrange a ceremony earlier than the standard waiting time?

In exceptional circumstances, the Department of Home Affairs can include you in an urgent ceremony at their premises, for more information email Home Affairs or call 131 880.

Does the City accept citizenship recipients from outside the City of Stonnington?

Unfortunately, the City cannot accept recipients from outside its boundaries, due to the large number of pending recipients from within the City of Stonnington.

I have lost my citizenship certificate, what should I do?

If you have lost your citizenship certificate, you will need to fill in form 119 - application for evidence of Australian citizenship from the Home Affairs website alternatively you can call Home Affairs on 131 880.

The City of Stonnington cannot issue or replace citizenship certificates.