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 Ph: 131 880 or 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 cannot 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, Melton City Council 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 contact the Department of Home Affairs on Ph: 131 880.

Proposed schedule of ceremonies for 2022

  • Tuesday 22 March, 6pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Thursday 21 April, 12pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Tuesday 24 May, 12pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Tuesday 24 May, 6pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Wednesday 25 May, 12pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Wednesday 29 June, 12pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Wednesday 29 June, 6pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Thursday 21 July, 4pm, Fraser Rise Children's and Community Centre
  • Friday 22 July, 10.30am, Fraser Rise Children's and Community Centre
  • Friday 22 July, 2pm, Fraser Rise Children's and Community Centre
  • Tuesday 23 August, 10am, Melton Civic Centre
  • Tuesday 23 August, 1pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Tuesday 23 August, 4pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Wednesday 24 August, 10am, Melton Civic Centre
  • Wednesday 24 August, 1pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Wednesday 24 August, 4pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Tuesday 27 September, 10am, Melton Civic Centre
  • Tuesday 27 September, 1pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Tuesday 27 September, 4pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Wednesday 28 September, 10am, Melton Civic Centre
  • Wednesday 28 September, 1pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • Wednesday 28 September, 4pm, Melton Civic Centre
  • October: To be advised
  • November: To be advised

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.

Citizenship Certificate Update

For any enquiries regarding your Citizenship Certificate please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.

Due to the recent change of government, there is a significant national backlog in the printing of citizenship certificates. The Department of Home Affairs are unable to provide details regarding the timeframes of the despatch of your certificate. You will receive your certificate via registered post as soon as possible. These certificates are sent to you directly by the Department of Home Affairs and all enquiries need to be directed to them on 131 880.

If you require your certificate for the purposes of urgent passport applications, you will need to contact the Australian Passport Office Information Service on 131 232. The passport office will be able to provide advice on how to apply for a passport without having evidence of your Australian citizenship. More information can also be found at https://www.passports.gov.au/urgent-applications.

The Department of Home Affairs cannot distribute a digital copy/scan of a citizenship certificate. The Department also does not provide letters confirming an individual’s Australian citizenship status. The Australian Passport office has procedures in place with the Department of Home Affairs to verify an individual’s citizenship status. 

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.  Ceremonies are held at either 12pm or 6pm; see the above list of dates for details.  Doors open one hour before the ceremony start time 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 a guest to their ceremony 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) will be in attendance at the Citizenship Ceremony to assist candidates with this process.