The first step in becoming an Australian citizen is to apply through the Department of Home Affairs.

We conduct citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs.

We do not handle the application process of becoming an Australian Citizen.

The Department handles all aspects of applying to become a citizen and inviting applicants to attend a ceremony where they will make their Australian Citizenship Pledge.

Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website or contact them on 131 880 for information about becoming an Australian Citizen.

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Upcoming Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies are livestreamed and can be viewed on Council’s YouTube channel ‘EastGippyTV’.

We hold approximately four citizenship ceremonies per year. The first is held on Australia Day, 26 January, and a ceremony is also held on Australian Citizenship Day in September.

Next ceremony: 26 January 2022

For more details on Citizenship Ceremonies, please contact us at or phone 5153 9500.

When can I take part in a citizenship ceremony

A citizenship ceremony is the final step towards becoming an Australian citizen; it is where candidates publicly make the Pledge of Commitment as citizens of the Commonwealth of Australia.

We are notified when candidates are approved for this step by the Department of Home Affairs.

We will then invite the candidate to participate in the next ceremony.

We know it is an important decision to become an Australian citizen and we aim to make each ceremony memorable and personal.

For further information on citizenship ceremonies contact the Civic Events Officer on 5153 9500 or

25 November 2021 Citizenship Ceremony

East Gippsland welcomed 11 new Aussies at a citizenship ceremony on Thursday 25 November 2021. Participants from Belgium, England, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland and Scotland, formally pledged their commitment to Australia.

Mayor, Mark Reeves said conducting citizenship ceremonies was one of the greatest pleasures and is undertaken with a huge amount of pride.

“It’s always a pleasure to welcome new citizens and today is very special because this has been a long time coming for most of the participants,” Cr Reeves said.

“Welcoming people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe to East Gippsland enriches our community and makes us who we are today. We are proud of our diversity and of the welcoming nature of our region.”

See the live stream and photos from the ceremony below and in the image gallery.

For more images from this ceremony, see the image gallery below or contact us by sending an email to

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Thursday, November 25, 2021