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Citizenship
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Citizenship
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.

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: Thursday 16 March 2023

Last ceremony: Thursday 26 January 2023 (Australia Day)

For more details on Citizenship Ceremonies, please contact us at civicevents@egipps.vic.gov.au or phone 5153 9500.

When can I take part in a citizenship ceremony

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. We send each candidate a personalised photograph to remember the day.

For further information on citizenship ceremonies contact the Civic Events Officer on 5153 9500 or feedback@egipps.vic.gov.au

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.

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26 January 2023 (Australia Day) Citizenship Ceremony

East Gippsland’s newest citizens were officially welcomed at an Australia Day citizenship ceremony in Bairnsdale on Thursday 26 January 2023.

The 32 conferees from Britain, Canada, Denmark, Greece, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland and Switzerland formally pledged their commitment to Australia in front of a large crowd of family and friends at St Mary’s Parish Centre.

Mayor, Cr Mark Reeves said citizenship ceremonies are one of his favourite events.

“It’s a joyful occasion for families and friends, as well as the conferees, who have chosen Australia as the place they want to call home,” Cr Reeves said.

“Citizenship represents a commitment to Australia and its people, the values we share, and our common future and the ceremony is an opportunity for all Australian citizens to affirm this commitment.

“Our newest citizens represent a wide range of backgrounds and ages. Some have lived in East Gippsland or Australia for many years, while others are more recent arrivals to our great country. Congratulations to those becoming Australian citizens on making their commitment to Australia.”

Council holds four citizenship ceremonies each year. Attending a citizenship ceremony is the final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen and receive a certificate of Australian Citizenship. The ceremony fulfils the requirements under Australian citizenship law and provides an opportunity for Council to officially welcome its new citizens.

A selection of more photographs are in the image gallery below or contact us: media@egipps.vic.gov.au

17 September 2022 Citizenship Ceremony

East Gippsland officially welcomed 14 of our nation’s newest citizens to the community on Saturday 17 September.  

To mark National Citizenship Day, Council held its latest citizenship ceremony at St Mary’s Church in Bairnsdale, giving 14 individuals the opportunity to take the oath surrounded by friends and family.  

The participants from America, Britain, Canada, France, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand formally pledged their commitment to Australia at the citizenship ceremony.  

Mayor Cr Mark Reeves said the ceremonies are always great to celebrate with our new Aussies to the region.  

“Council hosts four citizenship ceremonies each year,” Cr Reeves said.

So far this year, 91 people have taken the oath and become Australian citizens in ceremonies held locally.

Cr Reeves said citizenship ceremonies were one of the best parts of being a councillor. Australia is a great place to call home and we’re a welcoming society.

“Our newest citizens are already contributing to our region in a variety of ways and it’s great that they have made the choice to become official Aussies.”

Zoe Chin is one of the East Gippsland residents who became an Australian citizen. Zoe moved to Australia from Malaysia in 2015 to further her education. Zoe studied in Queensland and Darwin before settling in East Gippsland, where she is a pharmacist at the hospital.    

“Becoming a citizen makes Australia our home. The Australian people have been so welcoming to us and we have such a wonderful quality of life here in East Gippsland” Zoe said.

Photographs from this ceremony are available by contacting us at media@egipps.vic.gov.au


28 July 2022 Citizenship Ceremony

East Gippsland’s newest citizens have been officially welcomed at Lakes Entrance Mechanic’s Hall citizenship ceremony on Thursday 28 July.

The participants from Britain, China, France, India, Iraq, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, Vietnam and United States formally pledged their commitment to Australia at the citizenship ceremony.

Mayor, Cr Mark Reeves said “it really is an honour to be part of such a significant day for these residents. It’s an opportunity for us to give a warm welcome to 37 of our newest citizens and acknowledge the importance of what it means to become a member of the Australian community.

“Citizenship is the common bond uniting all Australians, whether you are an Australian by birth or by choice. Congratulations to those becoming Australian citizens on making their commitment to Australia.”

Council administers 4 citizenship ceremonies each year on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs.

Attending a citizenship ceremony is the final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen and receive a certificate of Australian Citizenship. The ceremony fulfills the requirements under Australian citizenship law and provides an opportunity for Council to officially welcome its new citizens.

Photographs from this ceremony are available by contacting us at media@egipps.vic.gov.au

26 April 2022 Citizenship Ceremony

East Gippsland’s newest citizens have been officially welcomed at citizenship ceremony in Bairnsdale on Tuesday 26 April 2022.

The 24 participants from United States, Czech Republic, Britain, Germany, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Philippines, formally pledged their commitment to Australia at the ceremony, which was the final step in their citizenship journey.

East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Mark Reeves said citizenship ceremonies are one of the highlights of his role.

“Welcoming people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe to East Gippsland changes our community for the better. I am absolutely thrilled that 24 new citizens have chosen to live in our wonderful part of the world.  

“I wish everyone who has become an Australian citizen today, every success in the future and enjoy their new life in the East Gippsland Shire.”

Photographs from this ceremony are available by contacting us at media@egipps.vic.gov.au

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Thursday, January 26, 2023