Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship Ceremonies
Council conducts Citizenship Ceremonies on behalf of the Commonwealth Government, under the Citizenship Act 1948.

Ceremonies take place on a monthly basis for candidates who live in Hume at the Town Hall Broadmeadows (unless otherwise advised), which is located at 10 Dimboola Road, Broadmeadows. Please check your invitation upon receipt to confirm the details of your ceremony.
Free Parking is available nearby the venue.

Doors open at approximately 6pm for registration, with the ceremony commencing at 6:30pm. If you are late to the ceremony, you may not be able to receive your certificate.

2020 Ceremony Dates:

  • Sunday, 26 January (9am ceremony)
  • Tuesday, 18 February
  • Wednesday, 26 February 
  • Tuesday, 3 March

All future Citizenship Ceremonies have been postponed until further notice.

*Citizenship Ceremony dates may be cancelled or amended at Hume City Council's discretion, and will notify the Department of Home Affairs at least 4 weeks prior to the event date.

What do I need to bring to the Ceremony?

  • Your letter from the Department of Home Affairs
  • Photo identification (for example, your passport or drivers licence). If you do not bring suitable photo identification, you may not be able to receive your certificate on the evening.

What happens at a Citizenship Ceremony?
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 Hume City Council presides over Citizenship Ceremonies. Hume City Council Councillors and Members of Parliament that represent the Hume locality at a State and Federal level are also invited to attend Citizenship Ceremonies.

Can I Bring Guests?
Yes, you are welcome to bring along your family and friends. There is no limit as to how many guests you may bring to the ceremony.
Please note that all candidates are seated together for the Ceremony. A separate area is designated for the seating of guests. Your guests will not be able to sit next to you during the ceremony, but you are welcome to take photographs both during and after the ceremony.

Please refer to the following policy to ensure appropriate attire to attend the Citizenship Ceremony. 

Citizenship Dress Code Policy.doc
Citizenship Dress Code Policy.pdf

Applying for Citizenship

Applications for citizenship are made to the Department of Home Affairs by phoning 131 880 or online at

Council is not able to assist with any enquiries regarding the completion of the Citizenship Application Form.

Once an application for Citizenship has been approved by the Department of Home Affairs, an invitation will be sent to you to attend the next available Citizenship Ceremony. Successful applicants are sent a written invitation by the Department of Home Affairs, advising them of the time, date and location of the ceremony. Invitations may be sent up to six months after the applicant receives notification of their successful application for citizenship.

Applicants who are unable to attend the ceremony on the nominated date should contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880 to make alternative arrangements.

Whilst Council conducts Citizenship Ceremonies, Hume City Council is not responsible for allocating candidates to ceremony dates. This is done by the Department of Home Affairs. If you would like to enquire about your status in the waiting list, please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.

Voting by New Citizens

All new citizens over the age of 18 are required to enrol to vote. This enrolment can be completed at the Citizenship ceremony and entitles new citizens to vote at Commonwealth, State and Local Council elections.

Voting at Commonwealth, State and Local Council elections is compulsory and there are fines for failure to do so without a valid excuse.

Updated : 8:53 AM, 3 April 2020

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