Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all face-to-face citizenship ceremonies have been placed on hold until later this year.
Generally, conferees have 12 months from their notice of approval to attend a ceremony and make the pledge of commitment, however, during the COVID-19 period, citizenship approval will not be cancelled if a conferee cannot attend a ceremony within this 12 month period.
The Department is now working to introduce online citizenship ceremonies via secure video link, to enable people to continue to become Australian citizens. These ceremonies will be one-on-one with the presiding officer. Ceremonies performed via video link will continue to include integrity measures, like identity requirements. The Department will be in contact with conferees with full details in due course. There is no need to contact the Department or your local council about your ceremony.
The Department will recommence in-person interviews and citizenship tests when it is safe to do so.
Becoming an Australian Citizen
To become an Australian Citizen you start the process by contacting the Department of Immigration and Border Protection via the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 or online at Citizenship Information .
Once the application has been processed and approved, a Certificate is printed and forwarded to your local Council for presentation at a Citizenship Ceremony.
Taking the pledge of commitment as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia during the Citizenship Ceremony is the final step to becoming an Australian Citizen.