How to apply to become an Australian citizen
The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection is responsible for everything about Australian citizenship.
To apply to become an Australian citizen you need to contact the Department on 131 880.
City of Hobart Citizenship Ceremonies
When you are granted Australian citizenship, you will receive a letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with the date and location of your Citizenship Ceremony. Candidate advising letters from the City of Hobart are sent to candidates three weeks before the date of the Ceremony.
Generally, your Citizenship Ceremony will be held at your local Council within 6 months of your application being approved, although waiting times can vary.
You must attend the Citizenship Ceremony as the final phase of being granted Australian citizenship.
The City of Hobart conducts Citizenship Ceremonies approximately every three months to present new citizens with their Certificate of Australian Citizenship.
What happens at a Citizenship Ceremony?
At the Citizenship Ceremony you are required to pledge your allegiance to Australia and its laws. The pledge you say will be the one you chose on your application form.
You are then presented with a Certificate of Australian Citizenship, which formally represents conferral of Australian citizenship.
Who attends Citizenship Ceremonies
The Lord Mayor of Hobart presides over Citizenship Ceremonies and politicians who represent Hobart, both Federal and State are also invited.
You are welcome to bring two guests to the ceremony to share this special occasion.
What to bring to a Citizenship Ceremony
You need to bring your letter from the Department and photo identification, for example, a passport or driver’s licence.
Time and location of Citizenship Ceremonies
Ceremonies take about one hour and are held at the Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street, Hobart.
You must arrive about 45 minutes before the ceremony so that you can register before the ceremony begins.
Upcoming Hobart Citizenship Ceremonies
- Thursday 26 January 2017
- Wednesday 26 April 2017
- Tuesday 18 July2017
- Wednesday 25 October 2017
For further information contact the Community Development Officer, Multicultural on (03) 6238 2151.