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Citizenship ceremony

Australian citizenship pledge

All Australian citizens should understand what it means to be a citizen. It is a critical part of building our nation.

Most people make the Australian citizenship pledge at a citizenship ceremony. You might hear people call it the 'pledge of commitment'.

Making the pledge is a public commitment to Australia. It means that you are accepting the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.

If you learn the meaning behind the pledge, you will begin to understand what Australian citizenship means.

You can choose between 2 versions of the pledge. One mentions God and the other does not.

Pledge 1

From this time forward, under God,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.

Pledge 2

From this time forward,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.