About Australian Citizenship
Australia is a diverse society and citizenship is a way of uniting and gathering the people of Australia as one. It is about people sharing in the common goal of making Australia an even better place, building on their diverse heritages.
Australian citizenship was born in 1949 and since then, over 3 million people have become an Australian citizens with over 70,000 immigrants becoming new citizens each year! There are currently over 900,000 permanent residents eligible to become Australian citizens.
Australian Citizenship ceremonies are held at the Council for residents and have an important symbolic role because they formally welcome new citizens from many cultures into the Australian family.
This is a formal part of the citizenship process with a person becoming an Australian citizen on the date he or she attends the citizenship ceremony and makes the Pledge of Commitment to Australia.
Becoming an Australian Citizen
The legal status of being an Australian Citizen carries with it the right to:
- Vote and elect Australia's governments.
- Apply for appointment to any public office or to nominate for election as a member of parliament.
- Apply for an Australian passport and to leave and re-enter the country without a visa.
- Seek assistance from Australian diplomatic representatives while overseas.
- Apply to enlist in the defence forces and apply for government jobs requiring Australian citizenship.
- Register a child born to you overseas after you become an Australian citizen, as an Australian citizen by descent.
Further information can be obtained by visiting the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's website.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for Australian Citizenship?
The City of Karratha cannot assist with applications for Australian Citizenship. For information on eligibility and how to apply please contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Phone: Citizenship Information Line 131 880
Visit: Wellington Central
836 Wellington Street
WEST PERTH WA 6005
Postal: Locked Bag 7
NORTHBRIDGE WA 6865
Where and when are Citizenship Ceremonies held?
The City of Karratha holds ceremonies approximately every 3-4 months at the Shire office, Welcome Road, Karratha. Registration opens from 3.30pm and the ceremony commences at 4.00pm. Ceremonies usually conclude about 4.30pm after which light refreshments are served. The Australia Day ceremony is held in conjunction with the annual City of Karratha Australia Day awards located at a venue confirmed closer to the time.
How can I find out when my citizenship ceremony will be?
The City of Karratha is unable to provide you with a ceremony date until we receive notification from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship that you have been approved for citizenship. Once the notification is received, you will be booked into the next available ceremony.
What is the waiting time for a ceremony?
The waiting period for a citizenship ceremony is approximately three to four months after you have received your approval letter from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
When will I receive notification confirming my ceremony?
You will receive an invitation from the Council. It is important that you RSVP to ensure your certificate will be available for presentation.
Do I need to bring anything to the ceremony?
Yes, recipients are required to bring along photographic identification such as a driver's license or passport. It is also suggested that you bring along your invitation to assist in the registration process.
How many guests can I bring to the ceremony?
Due to capacity restrictions at the venue only two guests per individual, couple or family is permitted.
Will I receive my certificate at the ceremony?
Yes, upon taking your pledge, you will be presented with your certificate by the presiding member.
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 the City of Karratha encourages them participate in taking the citizenship pledge where possible.
What is the difference between the Oath and the Affirmation pledge?
There are two variations of the citizenship pledge – the Oath and the Affirmation. The Oath pledge refers to 'God' whereas the Affirmation pledge does not. Should you wish to make the Oath pledge on a holy book, please bring that holy book to the ceremony. When you receive your invitation to a ceremony, it will note the pledge that you have selected during the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's approval process. If this is incorrect, please contact the Council on 9186 8555.
From this time forward, under God,*
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
Whose democratic beliefs I share,
Whose rights and liberties I respect, and
Whose laws I will uphold and obey.
*A person may choose whether or not to use the words 'under God'
What is the dress code for the ceremony?
There is no strict dress code for the citizenship ceremonies, however, smart casual is recommended.
I have lost my citizenship certificate, what should I do?
If you have lost your citizenship certificate, you will need to contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to arrange a replacement on 13 18 80. The City of Karratha cannot issue or replace citizenship certificates.
If you require further information relating to the City of Karratha's citizenship ceremonies, please contact Sheridan Dryden on 9186 8555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Karratha
KARRATHA WA 6714
Phone: (08) 9186 8555
Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)
Phone: Citizenship Information Line 131 880
Australian Citizenship application packages can be downloaded from the above site.
Australian Passports office
Contact your nearest Embassy or Consulate.
Access to Australian Government Information and Services
Current International Social Security Agreements