Citizenship ceremonies

 

Mayor Bob Manning with new citizens at a Council Citizenship ceremony

Each year, about 900 Cairns region residents become Australian citizens at Citizenship Ceremonies hosted by Council under the direction of the Australian Government's Department of Immigration.

Citizenship ceremonies are held monthly at Council's Civic Reception Rooms.

For information on becoming an Australian Citizen - including eligibility criteria, evidence requirements, application forms and citizenship test details - visit the Australian Government's Citizenship website.

Applicants must register with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, not Council.

Frequently asked questions

Where do I go?

All citizenship ceremonies are held at Council's Civic Receptions Rooms, 119-145 Spence St, Cairns.

Please register at the registration table in the foyer on arrival.

What time should I arrive?

Registration opens at 9am and the ceremony starts at 10am.

Those becoming citizens and their guests are asked to be seated by 9.50am for a run through of the ceremony.

It may not be possible to accommodate late arrivals so please allow plenty of time for registration.

What do I need to bring?

We require photo identification to cross-check your name against the official register from the Department of Immigration.

Children under 18 do not require photo identification but must be accompanied by a guardian with photo identification.

Can I bring guests?

Yes, guests are welcome.

Can I take photos?

Yes, you are able to take photos during the ceremony itself and then after the formalities.

Those taking photos are asked to follow the ceremony closely and be prepared to take a photo as citizenship certificates are presented.

Please be mindful of the formal nature of the ceremony and be respectful of those waiting to receive their certificates.

What happens during the ceremony?

The Mayor or his representative welcomes everyone, acknowledges the traditional owners of the land and reads a message from the Minister for Immigration.

New citizens are then called to the front of the room in groups of about 20.

They repeat the oath or pledge of citizenship, as a group, and are then presented individually with their certificate.

Each citizen returns to his or her seat once they have received their certificate.

When all citizens have made their pledge or oath, they are asked to join in singing of Advance Australia Fair, to conclude the formal ceremony.

Light refreshments are served.

What happens if I cannot attend the ceremony due to illness?

Reciting the pledge or oath and singing the national anthem are requirements for naturalisation (for people 18 years and over). If you are unable to attend please contact the Department of Immigration to reschedule.