Citizenship

Applying for Australian citizenship

If you are considering applying for Australian Citizenship, follow these steps:

  1. Contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on 131 880 or to visit www.citizenship.gov.au.
  2. Once DIBP approves your application for Citizenship, you will receive an invitation to attend the next available Citizenship Ceremony.
    (If you urgently need to attend a ceremony, contact the Department who may make special arrangements for you.)
  3. Successful applicants must attend a Citizenship Ceremony as the final phase of their being granted Australian citizenship.

Unfortunately, Council can not offer help completing the Citizenship Application Form.

Citizenship ceremonies 

Council conducts regular Citizenship Ceremonies throughout the year.

Although Council organise and conduct Citizenship Ceremonies, the City of Melton is not responsible for allocating candidates to ceremony dates. This is the decision of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

If you would like to inquire about your status in the waiting list, please contact the DIBP on 131 880.

What happens at a Citizenship Ceremony?

Candidates will receive a detailed invitation from Council confirming their Citizenship Ceremony date and location, and other important information.

At the ceremony, successful applicants are required to make a pledge of commitment as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia. All new citizens are then presented with a Certificate of Australian Citizenship, which formally represents conferral of Australian Citizenship.

The Mayor of Melton presides over Citizenship Ceremonies. Members of Parliament, that represent the City of Melton, Local, State and Federal, are also invited to attend Citizenship Ceremonies.

What happens if I cannot attend a Citizenship Ceremony?

Contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection if you have a special request or cannot attend your assigned ceremony.

If you do not attend your assigned ceremony, your Citizenship Certificate will be returned to the DIBP, and your name will be placed back on the Departments waiting list to attend a ceremony.

Time and place of citizenship ceremonies

Most ceremonies are held at Melton Community Hall, 232 High Street, Melton and begin at 7.00pm (unless advised otherwise, see list below). Doors open at 6.00pm to allow for registration of candidates.

The Australia Day Celebrations on 26 January are held at The Willows Historical Park, Cnr Reserve Road and Nixon Street, Melton. The Citizenship ceremony commences at 11am. The event is open from 9.30am to allow for registration of candidates.

Free parking is available at all venues.

Candidates are welcome to bring guests to all ceremonies to share this special occasion.

Registration at the citizenship ceremony

Candidates must register on the day of their ceremony with Council officers:

  • registration must be completed no later than 10 minutes before the ceremony begins.
  • bring along your letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
  • bring along photo identification (eg. passport or drivers licence).

Important Information
Electoral enrolment and voting at Federal, State and Local Government Elections is compulsory for all Australian citizens (by birth or naturalisation) 18 years of age or older.

All candidates over 17 years of age will be required to complete the Application for Enrolment on the Australian Electoral Role.

Staff from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) staff will be in attendance at the Citizenship ceremony to assist candidates with this process.

Proposed schedule of ceremonies for 2017

Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Thursday, 24 August 2017
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Thursday, 16 November 2017