Citizenship

Becoming an Australian citizen

To become an Australian citizen you will need to contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880, or visit their website for more information.

If you are eligible to become an Australian citizen, you are required to fill in and lodge an application form, pay a fee and attend an interview. This process can take 6 to 8 weeks.

The City of Fremantle will receive a letter with your name and details for Australian citizenship, after you have received a letter of approval from the department. We will then send you an invitation to the next citizenship ceremony.

Your invitation will be sent to you six weeks prior to the ceremony – to the postal address you stated when applying for citizenship to the department. The letter will include information on the next ceremony stating the date, time and venue of the event. An RSVP to the ceremony is required at least 1 month before, as this is the length of time it takes the department to print and send to us your citizenship certificate.

Unfortunately, if you are not a resident of the City of Fremantle, you are unable to have your citizenship ceremony with us.

The citizenship ceremony

You will be advised by the City of Fremantle in writing of the date and time of your ceremony. The City of Fremantle hosts four ceremonies per year; these will be held in January on Australia Day, March, June and September.

The next citizenship ceremonies at the City of Fremantle will be held on the 25th of September, 2018 and 26th January, 2019.

The ceremony is hosted by the mayor of Fremantle. The official ceremony takes approximately half an hour and is then followed by light refreshments for new citizens, their family and guests. New citizens are invited to bring up to four members of their family and friends. Dress for ceremonies is smart casual. Please arrive half an hour before the ceremony to allow time for registration.

Adults are required to make an Australian Citizenship Pledge of commitment in English. The pledge is a moving, important part of the citizenship ceremony. The pledge reads: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 will uphold and obey.

New citizens have the option to take the pledge in the form of an oath or in the form of an affirmation. You can choose between two versions of the pledge, one that mentions God and one that does not.

This is chosen by you with the department, when going through the application process. A copy of your pledge will be provided to you at the ceremony, if you wish to pledge on a bible, you are required to bring your own copy with you.

Once you have made your pledge, you will be presented with your Certificate of Australian Citizenship. The certificate is provided to all new citizens as legal proof of their Australian citizenship. You may frame your certificate, but do not laminate it as it will make it invalid.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests are asked to stand and sing the Australian National Anthem.

Prior to leaving, all new citizens are required to complete an Australian Electoral Commission enrolment form. An officer from the electoral commission will be present at the ceremony.

If for any reason you are unable to attend a specific ceremony, contact the City of Fremantle's events management team on 08 9432 9944. If you are in need of an urgent ceremony due to exceptional circumstances, contact the department on 131 880.