Applying for citizenship
Council conducts citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs.
Please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880 or visit their Australian citizenship website for information about becoming an Australian Citizen.
Council does not handle the application process of becoming an Australian Citizen. The Department of Home Affairs handles all aspects of applying to become a citizen and inviting applicants to attend a ceremony where they will make their Australian Citizenship Pledge.
Attending a local citizenship ceremony
Once your application for citizenship is approved, the Department of Home Affairs will send successful applicants an invitation to the next available citizenship ceremony in Monash.
What to bring to the ceremony:
- letter of invitation (sent to you by the Department of Home Affairs), and
- photo identification.
Please note: if you don't supply the required appropriate identification you are unable to become a citizen.
Appropriate forms of photo identification are:
- driver's licence or
- passport or
- another official document which includes a photograph.
If you do not have any form of photographic identification you will need to bring at least three documents with you that include your name, address and signature (such as credit cards, bills and bank statements).
2020 citizenship ceremonies
Citizenship ceremonies are generally held every 2-3 months in Monash at the Robert Blackwood Hall (Monash University, Clayton campus - 1 Wellington Rd, Clayton) unless the ceremony is on Australia Day (26 January).
The first ceremony for 2020 will be held at the Monash Civic Centre, 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley, on:
- 26 January (Australia Day)
All other ceremonies will be held at the Robert Blackwood Hall (Monash University, Clayton campus - 1 Wellington Rd, Clayton), on:
- 17 February
- 2 March
- 11 May
- 1 June
- 29 June
- 20 July
- 3 August
- 21 September
- 16 November
At the ceremonies, successful applicants are asked to pledge their allegiance to Australia and its laws. Participants are able to invite family members or other guests along to share in their special moment. RSVPs are not required for family members and guests to attend citizenship ceremonies.