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Citizenship ceremony

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Citizenship ceremonies are an important opportunity to welcome new citizens formally as full members of the Australian community.

Citizenship ceremonies are usually organised by local government councils. Councils are the arm of government closest to new citizens and the communities to which they belong. 

Which council you will attend is determined by your current residential address. You cannot choose where and when to attend your ceremony. 

You will be invited to attend your ceremony about four weeks before the event. You will receive a letter of invitation from either your local council or the Department of Home Affairs. 

For more information see Citizenship ceremonies.

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Wait time by local council 

The wait time for a ceremony depends on the demand in your local government area. Having family members linked to your application may also affect your wait time. 

Use the search below to find the number of approved applicants and wait times for approved applicants for your local council.

When considering this information, please note that:

  • wait times shown are calculated from date of application approval to 31 October 2022
  • the information includes applicants invited to a citizenship ceremony as at 31 October 2022
  • where applicable, as per current privacy guidelines, the Department of Home Affairs policy is to mask numbers between 1 and 4 as “<5”
  • the sum of some percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.