The Australian citizenship affirmation is a way to show you are proud to be an Australian. The short statement is similar to the Australian citizenship pledge made by new Australian citizens. The affirmation is voluntary and has no legal status.
As an Australian citizen,
I affirm my loyalty to Australia and its people,
Whose democratic beliefs I share,
Whose rights and liberties I respect,
And whose laws I uphold and obey.
You might hear the Australian citizenship affirmation at a citizenship ceremony or other event. It allows everyone to stand together and show their commitment to the nation. It helps you feel like you belong.
Everyone is welcome to take part in the affirmation. If you are not an Australian citizen you can join in from the second line.
The very first affirmation was on Australia Day in 1999 at Galston Park in NSW to celebrate 50 years of Australian citizenship.
Watch this video to understand what the affirmation means. You can show this video at schools.