Citizenship

Applying for Australian citizenship

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

  1. Contact the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on 131 880 or to visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
  2. Once the DHA 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 the Council organises and conducts Citizenship Ceremonies, the City of Melton is not responsible for allocating candidates to ceremony dates. This is the decision of the Department of Home Affairs.

If you would like to inquire about your status in the waiting list, please phone the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.

Proposed schedule of ceremonies for 2018

  • 3 May 2018
  • 14 June 2018
  • 16 August 2018
  • 23 August 2018
  • 31 October 2018
  • 20 November 2018
  • 22 November 2018

Please note these dates are subject to change and depend upon the number of candidates that Department of Home Affairs advise the Council throughout the year as eligible for Australian Citizenship.

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. Melton City Councillors and Members of Parliament with electorates in the Melton City Council area are also invited to attend Citizenship Ceremonies.

What happens if I cannot attend a Citizenship Ceremony?

Contact the Department of Home Affairs 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 Department of Home Affairs 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 6.00pm (unless advised otherwise). Doors open at 5.00pm 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 on Australia Day 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 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.
  • bring along your letter from the Department of Home Affairs.
  • 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.