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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.
Citizenship ceremonies are special events. They fulfil requirements under Australian citizenship law. They also provide an important opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community. They are often an emotional experience for the new citizen, as well as their host and guests.
Following application for citizenship, applicants will be advised by letter from the Immigration Department of their acceptance.
Approximately two weeks after the letter is sent, the Immigration Department sends the names to the nominated Local Government. The Local Government officers then write to the applicants inviting them to attend a conferral ceremony on a nominated date. The City of Mandurah conducts one ceremony per month. 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 Immigration Department.
The ceremonies are held in the Tuckey Room at the City of Mandurah and commence at 6.00pm. The ceremonies are officiated by the Mayor of Mandurah, or in his/her absence, the Acting Mayor or Chief Executive Officer.
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.
Also included with their certificate is an Electoral Enrolment Form. A representative from the Electoral Commission is also present to witness and take forms. 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.
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.