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Australian Citizenship and Ceremonies
The final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen, for most people, is to make the Pledge of Commitment at a citizenship ceremony.
Following application for citizenship, applicants will be advised by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection of their acceptance.
Approximately two weeks after this advice, the Department of Immigration sends the names to the corresponding Local Government. The City officers invite conferees via email to a nominated ceremony date. All applicants are asked to complete the attached form and send back via return email.
The City of Mandurah conducts one ceremony every second month (March, May, July, September, November and on Australia Day 26 January). The department requires four weeks notice of all conferees taking the pledge. Private ceremonies are only conducted for extreme reasons, and with the approval of the Department of Immigration.
The ceremonies are held in the Boardwalk Theatre, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and commence at 6.00pm. The ceremonies are officiated by the Mayor of Mandurah or in his/her absence, the Deputy Mayor or the Chief Executive Officer.
On arrival people taking the pledge will be required to show photographic identification (driver’s licence is the preferred ID).
Representatives from the Electoral Commission will be present and conferees will be required to complete an Electoral Enrolment Form. Note: An Electoral Commission officer must witness the conferee signing the enrolment form. Any person who may already be on the Electoral Roll will still be required to complete the form as their previous enrolment would be as a non-Australian Citizen.
Within the venue only those people taking the pledge are to be seated in the rows closest to the front, for easy access when going up onto the stage. Family and friends will be seated separately closer to the rear of the theatre.
Conferees are called up in groups to take the Oath or Affirmation which is repeated after the Mayor. They are then presented with their certificate and a gift pack.
Conferees are invited to bring along a nominated number of guests, and everyone is invited to participate in refreshments following the ceremony.
The January ceremony is always held on Australia Day, and becomes a part of the Australia Day activities. This ceremony is usually held at an outdoor venue namely the eastern foreshore. This is shared with the Premier’s Australia Day Citizenship Awards, which are presented on this day, and the Australia Day Big Breakfast. The City of Mandurah also organises other fun events during the day.
Citizenship day falls on September 17, and the City of Mandurah organises a ceremony during the week of this date. The year 2009 marked the 60th anniversary of Citizenship Day.